BUDDING junior chefs have been spicing up their lunch boxes and infusing their taste buds with healthy grub thanks to Shell’s sponsorship of the Junior Chefs’ Academy.
More than 90 children from across the borough took part in one of the three events funded by the company and hosted by Active8 Leisure Ltd at Neston Recreation Centre, Ellesmere Port Golf Club and the EPIC Leisure Centre.
Tasty topics included sowing, growing, and creating cookery masterpieces with herbs, making perfect picnics and blistering BBQs and livening up lunchboxes with fun, tasty and healthy alternatives to sandwiches.
Sessions were delivered by a fully qualified Junior Academy chef who used an energetic and hands-on approach to teach children, aged between five and 11, a range of cookery techniques and educate them on how to make smarter nutritional choices through interactive games and activities.
Shell health, safety and environment manager Mike Brown, who joined the would-be chefs at the EPIC Leisure Centre, said: “The children had a great time creating their own cookery masterpieces. The classes were really vibrant and excellent fun. It’s a brilliant idea.
“On a more serious note, the course is a refreshing and engaging way to tackle the problem of child obesity and change individual attitudes towards food. It teaches youngsters about healthy alternatives to junk foods and provides clear messages about the benefits of making healthy choices by having fun with food.”
The Junior Chefs’ Academy was founded to educate children on healthy eating and has operated in over 170 schools throughout Wirral and Cheshire.
For more information about it, contact Sue or Paul Cooper on 07754 411710 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org