Chefs inspire pupils to eat British 

23/09/10

Top chefs will be cooking up a storm in schools as part of a council drive to encourage children to eat more healthily.

The council’s school meals team, with the help of local celebrity chef Mike Harrison, has arranged for chefs to go into schools to speak to young people about the importance of eating healthy British Food.

The visits have been organised as part of the council’s Love British Food campaign which was launched last week at Bolton Market. The campaign has been launched in association with British Food Fortnight, a national event which celebrates the diverse food and drink available around the country.

Six visits have been organised in total with the first taking place on Tuesday - chef Nick Cullen from the restaurant Nicks on Chorley Old Road, visited his old school, Mount St Josephs in Farnworth.

All the chefs will be teaching young people about food, the benefits of healthy eating and the value of eating fresh, quality, seasonal and regional produce. They will each be cooking a variety of dishes using British ingredients.

Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “We’re grateful to all the chefs who have given up their valuable time to go down to the schools. This campaign presents the perfect opportunity to get children interested in healthy eating. Hopefully, by talking to the chefs first hand, young people will understand the benefits of eating fresh, local produce. This may in turn encourage them to eat a nutritious and tasty school meal.”

Around 80 per cent of ingredients for Bolton’s school dinners come from suppliers living in the area, compared with the national figure of 27 per cent.

Chef Mike Harrison added: “I think these visits will be really valuable for young people to learn about local produce and hopefully inspire some of them to cook as well."

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