PUPILS at Portlethen Primary School spent last week learning to cook as they received a visit from the Cooking Bus.
The cooking bus is a giant, hi-tech articulated lorry which opens out into a spectacular purpose-built kitchen and classroom where qualified food teachers give pupils, teachers and the wider community a taste of quality cooking.
The Cooking Bus which visited Portlethen Primary is funded by the Scottish Government as part of its Healthier Scotland programme and Food Standards Agency Scotland and is run by Focus on Food, the leading organization to support the teaching of cooking in schools and communities across the UK.
Participants climb aboard for lessons under the expert eye of Advisory Teacher Sarah Helliwell, whose planned programme of cooking activities is tailored to the age of those taking part and supports the work of the schools or community group they are working with.
There will also be training for the teachers and the wider community, so that they can continue helping youngsters cook with confidence long after the Bus has rolled out of the yard.
The Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus is part of the Scottish Government’s efforts to improve the health of children and families in Scotland. As well as teaching cooking, nutrition and food safety and hygiene to pupils the Bus will welcome mums, dads, guardians and carers and community groups on board to reach the wider community. The core of all lessons will be hands-on cooking.
Scottish Minister for Public Health Shona Robison (at time of Cooking Bus launch) said: “The Cooking Bus is a fantastic way to teach children some of the basics about where our food comes from and how to cook healthy, tasty meals. Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated and that will be an important lesson for the young chefs on the Cooking Bus. As part of Scotland’s first-ever national food and drink policy we are
encouraging people to develop healthy eating habits that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. This, along with our joint action plan to improve diet and increase physical activity, will help to tackle the serious problem of obesity
and invest in a healthier future for Scotland.”