International Chefs Day saw Australian school children get a taste of healthier eating when Nestlé Professional, leading chefs from the Australian Culinary Federation (ACF) and the Nestlé Healthy Active Kids program teamed up.
At St Catherine of Siena school in Sydney, students swapped the classroom for the kitchen in the name of healthy eating.
More than 80 children from the school got creative with healthy food and had the chance to prepare dishes, including Berry Banana Boosting Smoothies and Fantastic Broccoli Noodle Cups, alongside professional chefs, Julio Azzarello and his team from the ACF.
“Learning to eat well and preparing healthy food plays an important role in teaching kids from a young age. This is a great opportunity for kids to try new and interesting foods that they may not eat at home. It’s about establishing the foundations for healthy eating,” Mr Azarello said.
Australian Institute of Sport diver, World and Commonwealth medallist Declan Stacey, spoke to the kids about his journey to top-performing athlete, and the important role nutrition and exercise plays in helping him reach and stay on top of his goals.
Nestlé Professional Nutritionist Karen Kingham was on hand to teach the children about healthy eating, and said that International Chefs Day is all about inspiring kids to eat well in a way that’s engaging and interactive.
“We had a fantastic day with the children at the St Catherine of Siena school cooking up a range of dishes with the help of some of Australia’s leading chefs and a special physical activity session thanks to diver Declan Stacey. We hope today’s event showed the students that eating well and physical activity can help them lead a happy and healthy life, no matter what they might want to be when they grow up,” Ms Kingham said.
International Chefs Day is a global celebration of culinary arts. This year’s theme “Healthy Foods for Growing Up” encourages kids to think about the profession they would like to have when they grow up, and how healthy eating today can help them get there.