The Sydney Harbour Bridge served up on a plate, the Melbourne Cricket Ground dressed up as a salad? These are just some of the iconic creations that students may be dishing up when chefs visit their schools today as part of International Chefs Day.
More than 300 children from three schools across Australia will swap the classroom for the kitchen to create art on a plate with the help of leading chefs from the Australian Culinary Federation.
International Chefs Day is a global celebration of culinary arts. This year’s theme, “Art on a Plate”, will encourage kids to be creative with healthy food and give students the opportunity to cook with professional chefs while developing new skills including how to prepare healthy food in a fun and interactive way.
The chefs will be encouraging students to create artworks using healthy food and that feature something special about Australia – from landscapes to animals, flags or even famous people.
Australia is one of the 120 countries participating in the event which is a collaboration between Nestlé Healthy Active Kids and the Nestlé Professional Healthy Future Partnership.
Nestlé Head of Market Wellness, Katrina Koutoulas, said it was important for children to learn from an early age about nutrition and basic healthy cooking skills to help set them on a healthy path for the rest of their lives.
“There’s a lot of research that shows if children are part of the cooking process, they are more likely to eat the food,” she said.
“These workshops with the chefs are interactive and informative and show kids that eating and creating healthy meals can be tasty and fun.”
This is the second year the Australian Culinary Federation has teamed up with Nestlé to involve more young people in International Chefs Day.
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