Young cooks in inner city London will have improved access to food education thanks to a partnership between our charity and Tastily – a new pre-made meal subscription service.

Every box ordered from Tastily will fund the ingredients for a hands-on cookery course with Chefs in Schools for a young person.

The long-term partnership has been created with the aim of inspiring children about the benefits of cooking and good food.

Will McDowell, Founder of Tastily, said: ‘’Chefs are our heroes and children are the next generation of food lovers, so to be able to work with Chefs in Schools and bring the joy of food to children is something we are very proud to be part of.’’

Chefs in Schools was created to transform the food and food culture in state schools – with the overarching aim of improving the health of children through better eating and food education in areas with high levels of socio economic deprivation.

A key part of this work is food education.

In 2020, Chefs in Schools opened the Hackney School of Food in collaboration with the LEAP Foundation – a chain of state primary schools in Hackney.

The food education hub has vegetable gardens, beehives and orchards where children learn to grow food. In the state of the art kitchen, they then learn how to cook the produce.

Naomi Duncan, Chief Executive of Chefs in Schools, said: “We are delighted to be working with Tastily to further our ambition for all schools to provide excellent food and food education. By enjoying Tastily’s delicious meals, you are directly supporting a child to develop their cooking skills and passion for food. We believe that this is essential for children’s health both now and in the future.” 

Our charity also supports school chefs to become the main food educator in their school, teaching children about the joy of food and good cooking as part of the curriculum. 

Jake, Head Chef Educator at Woodmansterne School, said: “I want to get the children into our kitchen to see how it all works. I think if they understand it, we can cut down on food waste. They’re already learning that yesterday’s food can be transformed into a totally different meal. We’re enjoying being creative, working with our kitchen teams and teaching the students about food.” 

The Tastily partnership will support food education at the Hackney School of Food and further afield.

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