Tesco to run free cooking courses for children this summer
Tesco is to run a series of free Farm to Fork cooking courses for children at 50 of its stores this summer.
Working in partnership with The Children’s Food Trust, the courses will be held across the country every week throughout August.
Tesco said the courses will help tackle fundamental gaps in children’s knowledge about cooking meals and snacks. An estimated 4,500 children between the ages of 5 and 13 are expected to take part.
According to research commissioned by the supermarket, over two thirds of parents worry that children today are growing up without basic cooking skills and food knowledge. In addition, over half admitted that they spent significantly less time cooking for their children than their own parents did, despite the fact that more than half said they were worried about the long term impact of diet on their children’s health.
The research also found that that fewer than half of schoolchildren had turned their hand to basics like chopping food with a knife, while three quarters had never boiled an egg, and seven out of ten had never cooked pasta.
Tesco said the courses, which are part of The Tesco Eat Happy Project, will help give children the skills in the kitchen to cook a variety of meals ranging from couscous salad to mango chicken pittas and tomato pasta.
Chris Bush, UK managing director for Tesco, said: “We’ve taken over a quarter of a million children to Tesco stores, farms and factories as part of The Eat Happy Project to help children understand more about where their food comes from, and the natural next step is helping children find out about different ingredients and how to cook with them.
“We hope these courses will make a real difference in helping the next generation lead healthier lives.”
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