MAGGI Pop Up Kitchen Goes Country

Aug 25, 2014
Maggi Pop Up Kitchen

More than 150 teenagers from a regional town in New South Wales got the chance to cook up a healthy storm at the first ever MAGGI Pop Up Kitchen this week.

A team of Nestlé nutritionists and culinary experts travelled to an indigenous community in Coonamble in the state’s west, to give students aged between 12 and 17, two days of fun, hands-on cooking demonstrations and nutrition tips.

The idea for the Maggi Pop Kitchens was the result of research which found that a good way to increase a child’s vegetable intake was to get them to be part of the preparation and cooking process.

The study by the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland released earlier this year, showed that children who cooked alongside a parent ate nearly 80 per cent more salad and 27 per cent more chicken compared with children who didn’t help with the cooking.

The study by the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland released earlier this year, showed that children who cooked alongside a parent ate nearly 80 per cent more salad and 27 per cent more chicken compared with children who didn’t help with the cooking.

Nestlé’s Head Nutritionist, Susan Kevork, said only a third of Australian children were eating enough fruit and vegetables and the Maggi Pop Up Kitchen was a great way to start tackling the problem.

“Kids take a great deal of pride in learning to cook for themselves; it’s a real rite of passage,” she said.

“But today there is less focus on passing on these skills, which later in life, will limit your ability to add more fresh fruit and veg to your meals.”

At the end of each session the students will get to eat the dishes they cooked and hopefully go home and practice on their friends and family.

A film crew has been capturing the week and developing short cooking lessons which will be made available on the internet. Every student will also receive a digital recipe book featuring the dishes they created at the first ever Maggi Pop Up Kitchen.

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Children who cook eat more greens: http://www.nestle.com.au/media/newsandfeatures/children-who-cook-eat-more-greens