Healthy eating is on the menu at an event organised by BRITA and food education charity.
Caroline Nokes MP joined parliamentary colleagues and peers to be given a taste of healthy eating on Wednesday, when a hands-on cookery class with water filtration company BRITA took place in the House of Commons.
Pupils from two London schools were given a practical lesson in bread-making by the team from the Acton-based charity Kids’ Cookery School, with MPs and other guests also invited to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in.
The class saw the young chefs learn how to make nutritious bread rolls from scratch, filling them with tasty fresh ingredients including olives, vegetables and garlic. As they kneaded and chopped, pupils discussed everything from food safety to keeping a balanced diet and the importance of eating well and staying hydrated.
The session was run by Fiona Hamilton-Fairley, a food writer and cookery teacher who set up the Kids’ Cookery School in 2000 to give young people the practical skills and knowledge needed to make healthy food choices.
KCS has a teaching kitchen in West London and a unique mobile van that carries a fully functioning kitchen in six mobile units. The van brings with all the ingredients to deliver cookery sessions in hard-to-reach areas or at places lacking kitchen facilities, including schools and community centres.
To date more than 85,000 children have been taught the basics of cooking by making meals such as Spanish frittatas, veggie pasties and healthy pizza. All the recipes use fresh ingredients and are manageable for pupils to replicate at home.
Since 2013, KCS has been BRITA’s UK charity partner. With the Bicester-based business’s support, the mobile KCS programme has now visited a number of schools in the UK, giving children the opportunity to learn to cook using quality ingredients.
Fiona Hamilton-Fairley, Founder of KCS, said: “We believe every child has the right to learn to prepare and cook fresh food from scratch learning about nutrition and their diets. With knowledge, know-how and the right education, they will be able to change bad eating habits, feel better and live a healthier life. Having this vital life skill will further enable young people to pass on their knowledge to future generations.”
Rebecca Widdowson, Director of Marketing at BRITA, said: “It was fantastic to host this important event in Parliament. By encouraging children to work towards a healthy lifestyle, we can encourage long-term trends towards a healthier Britain, including better habits around nutrition and hydration. As a business with a long history in the UK, BRITA is proud to support KCS in the valuable aim of helping the next generation stay fit, healthy, and ready to learn.”