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Be aware of your food, top chef tells children

27 June 2014

By Jo Duckles


THE celebrity chef Raymond Blanc is due to be the main speaker at a food conference at St Mary's C of E School, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, today.

Mr Blanc will be returning to the school after his first visit in January, when, after demonstrating to pupils how to cook simple food with fresh ingredients, he used the school's new Eco Lodge to help children create "Mice in mayonnaise".

On that occasion, he was accompanied by his son, Olivier Blanc, and the actress Charlotte Salt to launch the app Henri le Worm, which encourages children to discover more about food.

Joining Mr Blanc for the conference next week are the nutritionist Amanda Ursell; Tam Fry, who chairs the National Obesity Forum; Chris Collins, who was a gardener on BBC TV's Blue Peter; and Juliane Noble, from the Jamie Oliver Foundation.

The school's head teacher, Karen Collett, is bidding for funding to improve her school kitchen. She aims to find a healthy solution to a Government initiative that stipulates the return of free school meals from September.

The school does not have an adequate kitchen, and Mrs Collett wishes to ensure that the school does not serve up mass-produced, airline-style meals. She said: "I've become a bit of a spokesperson for Buckinghamshire schools on this. I'm bidding for funds for a kitchen, with food education coming back on to the curriculum, for teaching children about cooking, and for producing healthy food."

In her bid for funding she says: "We believe that if children learn to eat well, they will eat well as adults. We also believe that children who eat well, learn well."

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