Some of the country’s most talented chefs will head into the classroom today to help teach kids how to cook healthy meals as part of International Chefs day. This year’s theme, Healthy Kids – Healthy Future, will focus on encouraging students to cook and learn about the benefits of healthy eating.
Chefs from the Australian Culinary Federation will visit six schools around Australia to show kids the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices and developing cooking skills by turning them into chefs for a day with fun workshops based around the seven colours of healthy food.
Nestlé will be celebrating International Chef’s day around the globe in more than 80 countries as part of its Healthy Kids Program and Nestlé Professional Healthy Future partnership. No matter what corner of the globe the children will get the opportunity to prepare recipes unique to their region and receive recipe cards and colour-in placemats to take home.
Nestlé’s Head of Market Wellness, Katrina Koutoulas, said the partnership between WorldChefs and Nestlé Professional shared the same ambition of raising awareness of healthier lifestyles and healthy cooking among school age children.
“The Nestlé Healthy Kids Global Program forms part of our commitment to improve global nutrition through the promotion of greater awareness, knowledge and understanding of healthy eating and physical activity and their impact on health,” she said.
Nestlé Professionals’ nutritionist, Karen Kingham, believes a healthy diet is crucial for children’s growth and development.
“Through better eating habits, children may have more energy, improved health and greater school focus. Research1 shows education in cooking and having the pleasure to cook can support children in making informed eating choices for a healthier, balanced life.”
1Hersch et al 2014 Preventing Chronic Disease. Public Health Research, Practice and Policy
About Nestlé Healthy Active Kids
Nestlé Healthy Active Kids was launched nearly 15 years ago in Australia and aims to teach the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to school aged children, encouraging them to develop positive attitudes towards food and exercise. Globally, the program is now operating in more than 80 countries and supports greater awareness, knowledge and understanding of healthy eating and physical activity among school age children.
About World Chefs
World Chefs is a global network of chefs associations. Founded in 1928, it now has more than 100 official member associations, representing around 10 million chefs worldwide.
About Australian Culinary Federation
The Australian Culinary Federation is an industry organisation dedicated to the development of professional chefs, cooks, apprentices and culinary students and the only member of WorldChefs in Australia.