Lady Mayor, Councillor Jan Lovell visited Tesco Extra on River Way to present certificates to the children who had taken part in the Farm to Fork Cooking initiative going on in store for three weeks.
The youngest group of children completed the first week’s course today as Lady Mayor Jan Lovell arrived, looking gorgeous in a beautiful 2 piece suit and her clean and shiny Livery Collar.
During the week, the children had learned a variety of kitchen skills, including chopping with a ‘claw’ hand, identifying herbs, making bread and various other skills and meals. Each day the children make a meal to eat then and there and then part make something to take home, finish cooking and share with their families.
The incentive is part of a collaboration with Tesco and The Children’s Food Trust. The free Farm to Fork Cooking sessions, specifically designed for children aged 5-13, have taken place in the Tesco café this week and for the next two weeks. The sessions give young, aspiring chefs the chance to learn the essential skills they need to create well-balanced meals.
The Lady Mayor, Jan Lovell said, “I have been very involved with various aspects of education, including being the Chair of Andover Young Carers and a School Governor and I have found that cooking is a crucial skill for children to learn and this incentive is momentous, congratulations to all involved.” Lady Mayor went on to say, “Well done to all of the children, I want to come home with you all for tea!”
One of the parents pleaded, “Please do more things like this for the children!”
Sheryl Scott-Clarke, Tesco Andover Community Champion said that she hoped there would be more opportunities for Farm to Fork cooking at Christmas time but there would have to be some consultation with Tesco Head Office for the continuation of the project.
The children definitely enjoyed their three day course and went off home with a lovely rice dish to finish off at home with complimentary recipe books and aprons.
Also in store this week, Sheryl Scott-Clarke organised a promotion for the continuing Farm to Fork project that she is championing in store. As part of the promotion, Sheryl arranged for two tractors (one driven by Sheryl all the way from Nether Wallop) to be exhibited at the front of the River Way store with fresh produce on display.
The project has certainly worked at the Andover store with over 500 children so far being educated about where their food comes from by visiting various departments in the Andover store, with plans for a team to actually visit schools on site in the Autumn term.