In April 2017 The Food Teacher™, was commissioned to create an innovative and engaging award for 10 and 11 year olds in Fleetwood, Lancashire. This was a project sponsored and supported by NHS funding, local and national sponsors. 450+ pupils took part and following its great success the award is now being made available to all schools across the UK. You can find out more at our dedicated website: http://youngchefoftheyear.co.uk/
Media interest in food, health and cooking has increased significantly over the years and cooking and nutrition became part of the National Curriculum in 2014. Raising the importance of food in schools has far-reaching benefits. The award is for Year 6 pupils (ages 10-11) and is a 6-week summer term challenge with pupil’s designing and creating a ‘Meal for their Hero’. The meal includes a soup, main course, dessert and drink within a £10 budget. Children learnchef skills, seasonality, cooking methods, food hygiene and safety, where food comes from and the importance of food for health. It also provides an opportunity to link with local Secondary schools, which supports pupil transition.
Among the resources available to the schools will be videos from Katharine and Harry Lomas MBE, former Chef to Her Majesty the Queen State and Ceremonial, recent winner of the prestigious People’s Choice award from the Craft Guild of Chefs and culinary director of Wembley stadium.
“Chef Harry has been instrumental in developing essential chef skills into the awards to motivate and interest children in food, cooking, presentation and hospitality.” Katharine Tate, The Food Teacher™
Schools in Lancashire have already signed up to deliver the awards in their schools with Year 6 after SAT’s and more authorities, schools are areas are looking at coming on board. When schools sign up via the website (http://youngchefoftheyear.co.uk/) they receive full website access to the resources and printed pupil workbooks, certificates, copies of the award winning books ‘No Kitchen Cookery for Primary Schools’ and ‘Now We’re Cooking! Delivering the National Curriculum through Food’ and equipment packs (at additional costs). The website also contains recipes to try at home.
“Teaching children the importance of food for their health is essential and this award provides that opportunity within a purposeful and engaging context. The lifelong impact of food and nutrition education on life term health should never be underestimated.”Katharine Tate, The Food Teacher™
“Food is my passion and has given me many opportunities in life. This award is inspirational for both children and their families, and could unearth the next generation of chefs.” Chef Harry Lomas (MBE BEM FIH)
“This award is such a fantastic way of engaging children and the community. The standard of the award and the pupil outcomes were truly impressive. It’s about raising children’s aspirations, opening their minds to new experiences and to new possibilities. Being a judge at our final was one of the most rewarding experiences of my medical career and I’m already looking forward to next year!” Dr. Mark Spencer (GP, Fleetwood, Lancashire)
If you’re interested in finding out more for your school, community or wider area please do contact The Food Teacher and visit our website http://youngchefoftheyear.co.uk/