Chefs on Tour awarded grant for educational roadshows

27 February 2015

Gloucestershire College’s innovative Chefs on Tour – Cheltenham project has been awarded a £5,000 grant by Cheltenham Borough Council to deliver a series of educational roadshows inspiring young people to get involved in cooking and eat healthily.

Supporting the Gloucestershire Health and Well Being Strategy, the Chefs on Tour – Cheltenham project will reach 500 primary and secondary schoolchildren and their teachers, as well as their families and the wider school communities through ‘tried and tested’ recipe cards given to the children, which will also be available on the Gloucestershire College website.

During the 15 interactive roadshows, mapped against the schools’ curriculums, pupils will be encouraged to bring in locally-grown produce to see how it can be incorporated into tasty and nutritious meals. The College’s experienced chefs, Shaun Naen and Gareth Crwys-Williams, will bring out the fun in cooking, showcase the benefits of fresh and flavourful ingredients, and encourage healthy lifestyles from an early age, which is a vital way of reducing obesity in young people.

The grant has been awarded as part of Cheltenham Borough Council’s Health Inequalities Funding for 2014-15, which aims to support the delivery of health inequality projects across communities of interest in Cheltenham.

Gareth Crwys-Williams, Head Chef and Head of School for Catering and Hospitality said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded the grant for the Chefs on Tour – Cheltenham project.

“Chefs on Tour has been working with Gloucestershire schools to deliver successful cookery demonstrations for several years now; giving children a chance to try new foods and get stuck into cooking. This year, thanks to the grant, we can continue to work closely with schools in Cheltenham to promote healthy eating and the benefits of using fresh, local ingredients.”

Councillor Rowena Hay, Cabinet Member for Healthy Lifestyles, said: “Cheltenham Borough Council is really pleased to be able to support this innovative project that will take chefs out to local schools to inspire young people to get more involved in cooking.

“The project will showcase the benefits of eating healthily using fresh produce and emphasise that cooking is enjoyable, fun and not as time consuming or as difficult as the children might think.  We wish Gloucestershire College all the best with the project”

Chefs on Tour – Cheltenham officially launches on Sunday 1 March and will run until Friday 31 July. In addition to hosting the educational roadshows, the chefs will provide ongoing support to cookery teachers in schools and mentor those young people interested in taking up cooking as a career.

For more information about Gloucestershire College’s Chefs on Tour, visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/chefsontour or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.

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