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Art on a plate inspires young future chefs

IN celebration of International Chefs Day (20 October), students at St Mary’s College in Hobart swapped the classroom for the kitchen to create “Art on a Plate”, with the help of Nestlé Professional and chefs from the Australian Culinary Federation (ACF).

Students from year four got creative with healthy food and had the opportunity to cook with real chefs, developing new skills around how to prepare healthy food in a fun and interactive way.

On seeing her students turned into chefs for the day, St Mary’s College principal Helen Spenser said: “Watching the students in chef whites, creating and baking lovely muffins with the strong encouragement and guidance of Chef Stephen Lunn was inspiring.

“Tasmania is blessed to have such fabulous ingredients and I feel we may see the next generation of home-grown chefs emerge from St Mary’s College, thanks to experiences like this.”

More than 300 children from schools across Australia took part in International Chefs Day, a global celebration of culinary arts.

This year’s theme, Art on a Plate, encouraged students to get creative with a variety of fresh and healthy recipes, such as blueberry pancakes.

Nestlé Professional nutritionist Karen Kingham believes a healthy diet is crucial for children’s growth and development.

“Through better eating habits, children may have more energy, improved health and greater school focus,” she said.

“Research shows education in cooking and having the pleasure to cook can support children in making informed eating choices for a healthier, balanced life.”

This is the second year Nestlé Professional has partnered with the ACF to involve more young people in the initiative.

“The ACF contributes by teaching kids about healthy eating in a proud partnership with Nestlé Professional,” ACF national president Neil Abrahams said.

“This is a fantastic program and thank you again to all our volunteers in the ACF for delivering such wonderful events throughout Australia.”

Caption: St Mary’s College primary school students learnt the basics of cooking healthy meals under the guidance of award-winning Tasmanian chef Stephen Lunn, who visited the school during International Chefs Day 2016.

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