‘The main message I would like the kids to take home is that cooking can be fun, interesting and they can be creative with it. If you get these key ideas across at an early age, then it’s something that will interest them for a long time to come.’
Twenty-year-old Josh Armistead from Somerset and his team are encouraging school children to make healthy food choices, by teaching them how to cook nutritious meals.
Their story was broadcast on ITV News West Country (W) on Thursday 9th July.
‘I think cooking is something that enables people to be creative and yet it’s also an important life skill,’ explains Josh.
‘We think that nutrition is something that people don’t prioritise because they don’t think they can afford it.
‘Our idea is to show that you can have healthy dinners for cheaper than a lot of the ready meals that are available.’
With Fixers, the group have helped create a recipe book, to show young people and their families how to make simple, low-cost dishes, including spaghetti Bolognese, stir-fry and risotto.
Click on the image below to read Josh and his team’s Fixers recipe book.
The group organised cookery workshops in a local school, gaining the support of teacher Jane Millar from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School.
‘I think with the rise of obesity in children, teaching them how to cook healthily is really good,’ comments Jane, who also appears in the broadcast film.
‘Actually showing them how to do it through a recipe book gets them more involved and offers them information.’
You can watch Josh and his group’s TV story here at the top of this page.
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