Sheffield Food expert pupils to be teachers for a day

Let's Get Cooking: The national children's healthy food project is based in Sheffield
Let's Get Cooking: The national children's healthy food project is based in Sheffield
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Cooking healthy meals is child’s play – and a gang of Sheffield schoolchildren are out to prove it to crowds at Sheffield Food Festival.

Pupils from five schools will be donning their aprons on stage to become the teachers for a change.

They hope to encourage other children – and maybe parents too – to develop a love of healthy food and cooking their own meals from scratch.

Kids from Stradbroke, Owler Brook, Deepcar St John’s, Seven Hills and Charnock Hall Primary Schools will be on the Let’s Get Cooking stage from 10am to 3pm on Friday in the Winter Garden.

Let’s Get Cooking, a nationwide children’s cookery project set up with £20 million from the Big Lottery Fund by the charity the Children’s Trust, the new name for the School Food Trust, is based in Sheffield.

It has 61 cookery clubs across the city and over 5,000 throughout England. So far, over 1.7 million people have benefited from the programme

“Our aim is to get children across the country learning how to cook from an early age,” says Katie Hallam, media officer.

“Cookery lessons used to be part of the school curriculum. Most parents remember them from their school days. But now there is only a small amount taught in primary schools and it is not compulsory at secondary school. We are campaigning to get that changed; children must eat healthily in order to reach their full potential in life.”

The children and the Let’s Get Cooking team will be making healthy pancakes with sweet and savoury toppings.

THERE’S a lot on your plates, food-lovers... Sheffield Food Festival is back and it’s set to be more delicious than ever.

This free, three-day urban extravaganza of local eating, drinking, cooking and growing kicks off on Friday.

The city will be transformed into one huge table groaning with home-produced food and drink – plus a lavish side helping of healthy eating advice encouragement thrown in.

The festival will spread from a local food and drink market running the length of Fargate to the Winter Garden and Millennium Square, where a feast of fun, family-focussed activities will be staged throughout the weekend...