Leeds primary schools get experimenting for the Leeds Loves Food festival

Picture caption: Primary school children enjoying a Kiddy Cook lesson.

Issued on behalf of Kiddy Cook Leeds

Children at primary schools across Leeds have been invited to design their very own ‘Leeds muffin’ in the Kiddy Cook and Leeds and Partners Meal in a Muffin Challenge.

The competition aims to get local primary schools involved in this year’s Leeds Loves Food Festival from 24th May – 9th June and promote healthy cookery activities in schools, whilst giving teachers the tools to build the competition into their class curriculum.

The competition is open to all Leeds primary schools with the chance to win a day’s worth of Kiddy Cook workshops, which use the theme of healthy eating to enrich the curriculum and develop thinking in a range of subjects. The prize will be presented to the winning school at the Yorkshire Food and Drink show – a highlight of Leeds Loves Food. The winning recipe will also be made by Leeds City Council’s school meals services so that children at schools across the city can have a taste of the special ‘Leeds muffin’.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive member responsible for children’s services said; “Teaching children and young people how to prepare healthy, nutritious food is a really important life-skill and this competition will encourage more children to experiment with food and learn how to create their own recipes. Our aim to be a child friendly city means giving young people the chance to be creative and develop skills which they can use for years to come.

“The winning muffin design is sure to demonstrate some of the wonderful flavours of our city and show that Leeds children can produce some excellent food.

“I’m sure the pupils who get to try the winning muffin when it is produced by the council’s school meals service will be suitably impressed.”

Katherine Reynolds, owner of Kiddy Cook Leeds and setter of the challenge said;

“Our aim is to get school children to experience some of the variety we have right on our doorstep. Pupils will be taken through a series of classroom activities aiming to get them thinking about what represents the best of Leeds, what sort of food is grown and produced here and what wonderful combinations of flavours can be created as they mix, taste and experiment in the kitchen. Kiddy Cook workshops bring practical cookery into schools, encourage kids to play with food, and explore new flavours in an educational and fun way. I hope that this competition gives Leeds kids a taste for playing with their food”.


Notes for editors:
For more information on Kiddy Cook and our work in schools and nurseries, visit www.kiddycook.co.uk

Contact: Katherine Reynolds

Tel: 07737 966786

Email: leeds@kiddycook.co.uk