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2019 international chefs day: Chef, Nestle trained Ogun state primary school



By ifeoma Ikem

Association of Professional Chefs Nigeria and Nestlé Nigeria Plc,trained no fewer than 10 public schools children in Ogun state primary school.

The event was held at the Nestlé’s Flowergate Factory, mark 2019 international chef Day .

The International Chefs Day is commemorated annually on every Oct. 20. theme for 2019 is: “How Healthy Food Works”.

Director, South-West Professional Chefs Nigeria, Nick Maaji said that the day give us opportunity to network globally. “it’s offers us opportunity to promote the profession to future chefs and most importantly, make a difference in their local communities through making healthy eating fun and exciting for kids and exposing them to the culinary profession. We are delighted to be here today to engage the children on how to prepare healthy food.”

“This is because we know that the more children are involved in the choice and preparation of food, the more likely they will choose healthy food options.

“We are also very happy to have an opportunity to collaborate with Nestlé, especially the Nestlé Professional team who has made this event possible today,” Nick said.

According to him, the practical sessions offered the children an opportunity to make decisions on the ingredients they need to purchase for the meals assigned to their specific groups.

“Together with the chefs, the children created recipes out of fresh food items including vegetables, fruits, grains and proteins readily available in their immediate environment.

“The children was so excited as they experienced food from ingredients to recipes, from preparation to the table,’’ he said.

In her remarks, Ms Victoria Uwadoka, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Nestlé Nigeria, said: “today event is one of the ways we contribute toward our goals of helping children live healthier lives. This is through our global flagship programme: `Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK)’.

“The children we have hosted today are from N4HK participating schools in Ogun.

“We hope the children will not only practice all they have learnt today, but will also share the knowledge they have received on How Healthy Food Works with their friends and parents,’’ she said.

Mrs Motunrayo Egunjobi, Director, Social Mobilisation, Ogun Universal Basic Education Board, in her remark comments the good work Nestlé is doing for kids.

This has been a great learning experience for everyone present today not only for the kids, I know the kids will go back and practice what they have learnt today, and I will make sure I go around the schools to put what happened here today into practice to impact other children.