Having had the dream of teaching children about the joys of food and some of the practical cookery skills they’ll need for the last seven years, it’s now really wonderful to be getting started.
The idea of Make Food first came to me while I was working as a nanny in South London, when I got to see how food has the power to unite or divide people.
Living in an ex council house and working with children who went to the local ‘outstanding’ school, I started to notice how children’s experiences of food could be so different. While I was dealing with a thorough fussy eater, by trying a variety of dishes, which often involved expensive ingredients as he developed a ‘taste for something’, I saw some children going to school hungry because their parents simply didn’t have the time or money to provide enough food for them.
Although it is one of the simplest aspects of life, we need fuel to function, both on a societal and individual level our relationship with food is incredibly complex. From our toxic love affair with supermarkets which has devalued our national farming industry, to our insatiable appetite for food that’s crippling the NHS, the surge in food poverty and the number of families relying on food banks, right down to the self diagnosis of phantom food intolerances and daily battles with fussy eaters.
While the fact that we all need to eat is something universal, I began to think that our problems with food were also perhaps something that united us as well.
In wanted to create an opportunity for people from all backgrounds and experiences to come together over food, in part to start overcoming the issues we all have with food while also enjoying it and the excitement great food can bring to our lives.
Over the years, I have played around with the idea in my head, while I was busy graduating, slipping into my first ‘real job’ and building up my own food knowledge and teaching experience.
And now Make Food is here!
Beginning with schools, Make Food provides the opportunity for children to gain practical cookery skills and to start thinking about food as something more than what is or isn’t out before them at the dinner table, but as one of their links to the world around them.