An award-winning catering service has been teaching the city’s youngsters and their families that cooking healthy food can be easy, tasty and affordable.
Over the last 18 months Manchester Fayre, the city council’s catering service that prepares around 26,000 schools meals a day, has run fun interactive cooking clubs at primary schools across the city.
The sessions are aimed at 7–11-year-olds and have been attended so far by more than 350 children from 30 different schools.
They are designed to inspire pupils to become interested and passionate about nutritious foods and to support them in making healthier food choices, as well as giving them the kind of cooking skills that will set them up for life.
Pupils attending the classes have also helped develop a recipe book filled with some of the recipes they’ve tried out in the cooking club. Cooking Club favourites includes wholesome and tasty recipes for cereal bars, tuna fishcakes, cheese and vegetable scones, fruity cheesecakes, and banana pops.
The easy-to-follow recipes are very much aimed at getting children and families to cook together as a way of trying to encourage healthier eating habits for the whole family.
The success of the cooking clubs has seen Manchester Fayre awarded with the Lead Association for Catering in Education’s Nan Berger Memorial Award in recognition of the work by their Nutrition team to improve the health of children in Manchester.
Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman recently joined a cooking class at Sacred Heart RC Primary school in Baguley.
He said, “As well as being good fun the clubs help children to develop a passion for food and cooking and to learn more about healthy eating.”