Love Food, Know Food, Make Food
Make Food is a new and exciting opportunity for children to learn practical cooking skills along with important food knowledge that will empower them to make healthier long-term choices.
What we do:
Make Food provides Cookery and Food Knowledge classes to children and families. We will be launching in the Hastings area in September 2015 and will be working first with local schools before connecting with other parts of the community.
Who we are:
Make Food is a Princes Trust supported enterprise created by writer and educator Kate Rintoul, who is passionate about food and has worked for a range of food businesses including school kitchens to gain an understanding of what children really want to eat.
“With parents working full time and long hours and family living far away, most of my own childhood encounters with food revolved around convenience food and the ‘ding’ of the microwave. I had done some baking at home and school but when I moved out at the age of 17 and my first week was spent eating chocolate snickerdoodles and bagged salad I realised I was going to have to teach myself to cook and pretty fast.
I had always enjoyed food so luckily I welcome this opportunity and discovered the great pleasure that can be drawn from shopping for and cooking fresh food. Now I’d like to help other children learn more practical skills and also the joy that cooking and appreciating our food can bring.”
Having also worked with children and young adults for ten years as a nanny, teaching assistant and workshop leader, Kate experienced the great potential food has to connect and divide children and parents.
Kate created Make Food as a grassroots initiative that puts children’s personal engagement and experience of food at its core. We believe that by giving the children the practical tools to cook and the knowledge behind what makes eating well so great, we empower them to continue this journey well into their teens and adulthood.
How we Make Food:
Each Make Food class is topic-driven and combines practical skills with learning.
Seasonality and healthy eating are at the core of what we do and we also make sure that these ideas are effectively communicated to the children we work with in each session so they can start to understand for themselves why these ideas are so important and how this can help them eat and feel better.
In each session children gain practical cookery skills through preparing a seasonal, predominantly savoury dish from scratch. The majority of our recipes are vegetarian and are packed with vegetables and whole grains, which means that many are also naturally dairy and gluten free and suitable for a children with different dietary requirements.
Make Food provides everything the children will need to make their dish, including ingredients and also biodegradable packaging which in which they can transport their food home. This means they can enjoy what they have made that evening for dinner or the next day and share their new skills and dishes with their families.
Each class also incorporates a game, interactive learning exercise or activity which communicates the wider topic and helps children to start building their own food knowledge so they can make better informed choices and can also understand what makes some foods so special and why they should cut down on other foods.