Another International Award Transforming Classroom Cookery

Another International Award Transforming Classroom Cookery

June 21, 2021

The Food Teacher team have been working with schools, teachers and families in the UK and Ireland for a number of years to support practical cookery sessions in schools. Following research and recent award success this has been shown to be making a difference.


“When I set up The Food Teacher in 2014 my primary aim was to work with schools and utilise my experience as a teacher and education consultant. To be able to impact thousands of children across the UK and overseas is incredibly satisfying”.

Katharine Tate, The Food Teacher™

The Food Teachers Young Chef Awards have been proven to increase children’s confidence and knowledge around hygiene, food preparation, independent cooking, willingness to try new foods and cooking at home (changing family behaviour). It also raises school food culture, increases teacher confidence and reaches the wider community.

Katharine’s most recent book was written to support Irish schools (‘No Kitchen Cookery for Irish Primary Schools‘) to deliver cooking and nutrition within the classroom with minimal equipment and no heat. This month the book has won a Best in the World award at the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the Cooking Schools/Education category. The Awards were established 25 years ago and 178 countries are taking part this year. These awards are classed as the ‘Oscars’ of book awards and previous winners include school dinner campaigner Jamie Oliver, Chef Michel Roux, and Paul Hollywood.

Two of The Food Teachers previous books have also won awards from the Gourmand including a Best in the World for ‘Now we’re Cooking! Delivering the National Curriculum through Food’.

“For my book to win a Best in the World award is a huge achievement. At The Food Teacher we encourage children and families to think about what they eat and to embrace a healthy lifestyle.  The book encompasses my experience as a teacher and nutritional therapist to help solve a very real problem faced by a number of schools across the UK, who don’t have cookery spaces, access to kitchens or simple lesson ideas that will support curriculum delivery. To get this level of recognition for a book I wrote and published myself is amazing.”

Katharine Tate, The Food Teacher™


“The Young Chef award and the teaching book really opened my pupils minds to healthy eating in fun and practical ways. I would highly recommend using both in your school. It’s short and effective and the kids get lessons for life. So important that we teach the next generation how to choose the healthy options.”

Evelyn Hartigan, Nutrition Coach (Heart Nutrition) and Limerick Teacher


“Food is my passion and has been an exciting career. This book and award are inspirational for both children and their families, and could unearth the next generation of chefs.”

Chef Aidan McGrath, Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna, Republic of Ireland


Aside from encouraging your child’s school to get involved, why not support your child in the kitchen and create a couple of our Young Chef recipes? To find out more about the Young Chef Award and for Cook at Home recipes visit: