Young Chefs are really cooking!

Healthier Fleetwood’s third Young Chef of the Year is well underway and all seven on the Town’s primary schools are involved this year.

Year 5 pupils across the Town have been taking part in a challenge to create a delicious and healthy three course meal for their ‘hero’ on a £10 budget. With resources and workbooks provided and with the support of their teachers and families the children have been working in their existing lessons or at special after-school clubs to come up with their menus and along the way find out more about the benefits of a balanced diet, nutrition and basic cookery techniques.

Each school will choose their own champion to go forward to the ‘cook-off’ in the Autumn at Twelve in Thornton where they will work alongside the professional chefs from the restaurant and prepare their meals for a panel of judges.

The Fleetwood Young Chef of the Year 2019 will be announced the next day at a special celebration lunch attended by the finalists family and friends. The winner will follow Katie Stafford of Charles Saer in 2018 and Alfie Hall of Shakespeare in 2017, Alfie returned as a judge last year and both are pictured above.

Dr Mark Spencer of Healthier Fleetwood said of last year’s finals weekend, “The Young Chef competition has been the most uplifting thing I’ve been involved in, in all my years as a GP. The smiles on the children’s faces never faded during the Friday morning cook-off or the celebration lunch with their families on the Saturday. It was an absolute delight to see.”

As the end of the academic year approaches, several of the schools have completed their challenge and have a champion. Details of the finalists will be announced later in the year ahead of the cook-off.

Healthier Fleetwood would like to thank the team at Twelve for their invaluable support of the Young Chef challenge providing facilities, staff and expertise. Also the Fylde & Wyre CCG for their contribution to the funding, and My Fish Company and Fleetwood Rotary for their sponsorship.

Resources and support for the challenge were commissioned by Healthier Fleetwood from The Food Teacher.



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