Teaching the children the secret of healthy eating by teaching them to cook was the thinking behind a special Nestlé event for children which was held on International Chefs Day.
Nestlé partnered with the World Association of Chefs Societies for International Chefs Day to educate children around the world about the importance of healthy eating. The goal was to expose them to the culinary profession while teaching them good eating habits for life.
“Nestlé Professional was proud to offer culinary expertise and together with our Nestlé Healthy Kids programme, we partnered with the World Association of Chefs Societies to make this event possible,” said Nestlé corporate communications manager Denise d’Abadie in a media release. “Our Nestlé Healthy Kids Champions, the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality Institute, Nestlé Professional managers, our employee-volunteers and our in-house nutritionist all teamed up to make this an unforgettable event for the children.”
Themed Foods for Healthy Heroes, the focus of the October 20 event was on communicating the “superpowers” of healthy foods. “We wanted to show the children how good foods can keep them strong, healthy and feeling like the superheroes they love!” says d’Abadie, “For example, our Brutus Banana superhero taught the kids about all the vitamins and minerals, like manganese, magnesium and B-vitamins, in the fabulous banana.”
Nestlé hosted 50 children from two of the primary schools involved in our Healthy Kids Programme as well as employees’ children. Activities ranged from a Push Up Challenge to general knowledge and memory quizzes. For most of the children the highlight was the opportunity to team up with trained chefs to prepare fun and healthy dishes, like Professor A’s Steam Cooked Turkey Breast with Agent Fibre’s Brown Rice; Super O’s Oats with Strawberries and Brutus Banana’s Berry Boosting Smoothies.
The Healthy Kids programme is in ten schools: Belmont Government Primary School, Sacred Heart Girls RC School, St Joseph Girls RC School, Mafeking Government Primary School, St Monica’s Preparatory School, The University School, Dinsley Government Primary School, Curepe Presbyterian School, Dunross Preparatory School and Macaulay Government School.