Sheffield kids head to the kitchen

Children from Sheffield took part in cooking classes at Tesco on Savile Street with The Childen's Food Trust. Pictured are Jack Torpey, nine, and Jacob Mitchell, nine.

Children from Sheffield took part in cooking classes at Tesco on Savile Street with The Childen's Food Trust. Pictured are Jack Torpey, nine, and Jacob Mitchell, nine.

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Budding Gordon Ramseys and Delia Smiths headed to the kitchen for special cookery courses in Sheffield.

Some 36 city children were invited to take part in a free, pop-up cooking class run by The Children’s Food Trust at Tesco on Savile Street.

The Let’s Cook courses aim to help tackle gaps in cooking knowledge and target youngsters aged five to 11.

The children were taught the skills to make a variety of healthy and nutritious meals, such as spaghetti bolognese and fruit kebabs. It is hoped the session will help develop children’s interest in food, creating a passion for cooking that can last a lifetime.

Linda Cregan, CEO of the Children’s Food Trust, said: “Teaching children to cook is just as important as teaching them to read and write – having the skills and the confidence to make healthy meals from scratch is a skill that sets children up for life.

“As a nation, our cooking skills have been in decades of decline but we’re on a mission to change that – that’s why we’re thrilled to be running these courses for Tesco.

“From our work creating thousands of children’s cooking clubs up and down the country, we know just how much children love to cook – and how much they take from every session. Parents are often amazed at how much children can do in the kitchen so we hope these sessions will be a brilliant taster of what families can do at home.”

Josh Hardie from Tesco said: “Children love learning about cooking, and the classes will help children learn more about their food – where it comes from, how to prepare it, and of course how to cook it.

“We hope these courses will make a real difference.”

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