Young chefs whip up a storm in cookathon

The Big Cookathon event at Broad Oak Primary School
The Big Cookathon event at Broad Oak Primary School
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Primary school pupils showed off their culinary skills at an event to promote cooking and healthy eating.

Youngsters at Broad Oak Primary School swapped their classroom for the kitchen as part of the Big Cookathon organised by the Children’s Food Trust.

Pupils cooking a cottage pie

Pupils cooking a cottage pie

The pupils were given the task of cooking the classic British recipe cottage pie with help from St Helens Council’s executive development chef Andrew Ferguson and members of the local authority’s healthy living team.

The cookathon shows children and adults across the country how fun and rewarding cooking a healthy, nutritious meal from scratch can be.

The youngsters were also rewarded for their considerable cooking talent by getting to meet the healthy living mascot Captain Tuck.

Broad Oak head teacher Melanie Hignett said: “Taking part in the cookathon enabled the children to solve a range of different problems, as the task involved a perfect mixture of all three of the main curriculum subjects; English, maths and science.

“It was fascinating to watch the children work together to prepare and cook a cottage pie which, may I add, tasted absolutely delicious.

“We’re already looking forward to taking part again next year.”

Chef Andrew said: “Cooking a meal from scratch is an essential life skill which, I believe, should be encouraged from an early age.

“Not only does it educate children about healthy foods and a healthy lifestyle but the job itself is creative and great fun for all the family to get involved in.”