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30,000 children eating fresh seasonal produce

Press Release August 26 th 2013

100 NZ schools, 30,000 children eating fresh seasonal produce

30,000 children in over 100 schools have now experienced the Kids Can Cook Kitchen as it travels from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island. There has been no shortage of volunteers for sous chefs and chief taste testers as the now 12 month old Kids Can Cook Kitchen serves up mountains of green snotty vegetables in an interactive and social kitchen experience.

Founder and professional chef Chris Fortune says, “This is the most satisfying position I have held for many years after working in luxury hotels in England and on super yachts in Fiji. The response and enthusiasm from NZ school children, the ability to teach and communicate basic cooking skills using fresh garden produce, is humbling and I am privileged to be offered the opportunity to give back to the next generation of cooks, gardeners and foodies.”

With support from Interislander Ferries, Marketground Website providers, Marlborough Farmers’ Market, various community organisation's and District Health Boards, the Kids Can Cook Kitchen project have been able to achieve milestones such as a purpose-built mobile kitchen that operates independently in all regions of NZ, linking to and complimenting school edible gardens and environ school programmes. The Kids Can Cook Kitchen is offering a nutrition and healthy eating programme to all age groups in Primary, Intermediate, High School and College’s in a fun and informative environment.

The Kids Can Cook Kitchen is now celebrating its first 12 months of operating in all decile schools, highlights being Manurewa High School with its Mana, Timaru and Waimate with their District Health Board initiatives and Canvastown School, who proudly named the Kitchen. Chef and presenter of the Kids Can Cook Kitchen programme, Chris Fortune, realises the importance of the programme and the need to continue to link and compliment the many initiatives operating in our NZ schools. He is now inviting interested partners and sponsors to jump on board this very exciting project that will continue to sow the seeds in the next generation, our children.
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