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Harpenden schoolchildren whip up recipe for success with visit from chef

PUBLISHED: 14:51 15 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:51 15 July 2019

Patti Sloley visited pupils at Harpenden Academy as part of a project to education children about nutrition, Picture: Submitted by the Harpenden Academy

Patti Sloley visited pupils at Harpenden Academy as part of a project to education children about nutrition, Picture: Submitted by the Harpenden Academy

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Harpenden schoolchildren are whipping up a recipe for success through a county-wide cookery competition.

Chef and author, Patti Sloley, visited pupils at Harpenden Academy as part of a project to education children about nutrition, called The Food Teacher.

She cooked African dishes with the Year 6 class, using recipes from her books A Plate in the Sun and A Date with Plantain.

Also as part of The Food Teacher, the youngsters are completing the Young Chef of the Year award, in which participants have six weeks to create a three-course menu and drink for their hero within a £10 budget.

As part of the award, pupils learn chef skills, seasonality, cooking methods, food hygiene and safety.

Patti's visit was timed to complement award and the school's wellbeing week.

She said: "I want to bring the fun factor to cooking and dispel any fears people may have when attempting African dishes.

"With the extraordinary range of ingredients available in the supermarkets, now is the perfect time to experiment.

"Food is a great communicator and can bring a celebration of diversity to the table. Variety is the spice of life, so let's enjoy treats and delights from Ghana, my special corner of Africa."

Patti has been described by Executive Traveller magazine as the "best kept secret of Ghanaian cuisine".

Eleven-year-old Tom Leggott said: "I've loved the number of visitors we've had in as part of the young chefs project and the fact that we are learning important life skills and taking away cool recipes to cook at home."

Director of The Food Teacher, Katharine Tate, is a nutritional therapist, radio presenter, author and former teacher and education consultant for more than 20 years.

She said: "Teaching children the importance of food for their health is essential and this challenge provides that opportunity within a practical, purposeful and engaging context.

"Eating the right food can bring about major health benefits both physically and mentally for all of us. The children have really enjoyed the sessions so far and keep asking when we are going to do it again."

Find out about The Food Teacher at www.thefoodteacher.co.uk and the Young Chef of the Year award at www.youngchefoftheyear.co.uk

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