Junior masterchefs learn about healthy eating at NCL

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Chef lecturer Ann Brown has hosted a healthy eating workshop for kids as part of International Chefs Day 2019.

Thirteen children aged between seven and 12-years-old took part in the fun cooking lesson, which was based on the theme of ‘How Healthy Food Works’.

Held in the training kitchens of our Motherwell Campus, it involved a series of hands-on cooking experiences and games, with each child who participated presented with a certificate at the end.

The workshop, one of hundreds staged as part of International Chefs Day across the globe, was organised by Ann in her capacity as a committee member of the World Chefs organisation.

The organisation has hosted International Chefs Day since 2004 as a way for chefs around the world to give back to their communities through education.

This year’s theme took a closer look at how food affects the body internally, including what different foods do for us and why we need them.

Ann said: “Healthy eating is an important part of education – not only is good nutrition a crucial part of their growth and development, it provides children with more energy, improved health and greater focus in school.

“The children made a variety of healthy meals and drinks, as well as playing games that taught them how vegetables and fruit help to keep different parts of the body healthy.

“It means a lot to me to help children understand the benefits of healthy eating. It gives me the opportunity to pass on what I consider to be a way of life.

“I found it very encouraging that the children were keen not just to produce the products but also to eat and drink what they had created.”

Ann was supported on the day by lecturer Charlotte Hands, HND Patisserie students Chanel Armstrong and Rachel MacInnes, and HNC Patisserie student Sharon Gardner.

Ann has garnered an international reputation for her pastry work and food artistry during a career spanning three decades.

In 2017, she became the first woman to become an honorary member of the elite Emirates Culinary Guild.

Having worked for New College Lanarkshire and its legacy institution Motherwell College since 1997, she continues to combine teaching with judging competitions across the UK and internationally.

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