A Taste of Chef Life

Pupils went bananas for a fun healthy food workshop organised by Tesco last week.

Forms 1-6 welcomed Paul and Millie from Junior Chefs’ Academy into school on Tuesday for their own cookery masterclass.

The visit was part of Form 5 pupil Ava Jones’s prize for winning the Ilkley Carnival Cover Competition in April which was organised by the Carnival’s main sponsors Tesco. Ava’s design was printed on thousands of Tesco Bags for Life, and can be seen on the arms of many Ilkley shoppers.

For the workshops, each child received an apron and their own hat before meeting the chefs. They were set with the task of making a Tropical Fruit Crunch – using ingredients from all six continents.

Chef Paul gave out the recipe one bit at a time. In between the instructions, he educated pupils on the different tropical fruits, and where in the world they originate from. The children tried and were introduced to a variety of new foods including lychees, passionfruit and the physalis fruit. They got a real taste of chef life during the workshop, learning how to respect their food, their peers and the kitchen, and if they answered Paul’s questions correctly, they could pick a fruity prize!

Pupils created their sweet and crunchy granola recipe by carefully listening to how to cut, assemble and arrange the fruit, all whilst sharing their ingredients and utensils with a partner, demonstrating great teamwork.

The lesson wasn’t just about healthy eating. Paul combined geography, maths, and a lesson on the environment into the workshops by getting the children to think about how their food is grown and how to dispose of food and other waste responsibly.

Paul and Millie commanded the children’s attention wonderfully, and the boys and girls responded well to the activities. They couldn’t wait to try what they had made!

Headteacher Mr David Martin said: “The Academy’s visit was one of the many wonderful prizes awarded to Ava for her winning Ilkley Carnival artwork. Thank you to Tesco and Junior Chefs’ Academy for providing the fantastic workshop which was enjoyed by the whole school. The workshops were fun, well presented and well organised, and Paul and Millie kept the children engaged throughout with their very informative and lively discussions and demonstrations. The children and I are very much looking forward to the Academy’s next visit.”

The children were full of enthusiasm when creating their tropical fruit crunch. They learnt about different continents, nutrition and where foods come from in a fun and ‘hands on’ way.

To find out more about the Junior Chefs’ Academy, visit http://www.juniorchefsacademy.co.uk/

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