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Free Kids Cookery Club launches to teach youngsters how to make healthy food






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Tameside Council will be running a free Kids Cookery Club at Ashton Market Zaine Mitton, age 7, at a taster session

A free cookery club for kids is launching to help them learn how to make tasty, healthy food.

The weekend sessions are coming to Tameside’s Ashton Market, where traders are providing most of the ingredients.

Following the success of a recent taster session, classes have now been scheduled once a month between now and March next year.

Bookings are already being taken for the lessons, which will teach children up to age 12 how to make healthy dishes using only fresh, natural ingredients – including pizzas, veggie burgers and fish cakes.



a boy sitting at a table with food: Zaine Mitton, seven, enjoys a taster session


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Zaine Mitton, seven, enjoys a taster session

Classes will be delivered by local demo chef Joan Burage, who’s had years of experience cooking with communities – working as a demo chef, with local authorities and the NHS, with markets and at events such as the Bolton Food and Drink Festival.

She’s also run teatime ‘cook and eat’ sessions for families within a disadvantaged community and Big Cook Little Cook sessions in children’s centres.

Joan said: “Working with children in the local community can help educate them about nutrition as well as how to cook fresh delicious food, and perhaps also try foods they might not have seen or tasted before.

“If this helps people to make some small changes and fosters good habits that’s a box ticked for me.”



Ashton Market traders are supplying most of the ingredients for the Kids Cookery Club


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Ashton Market traders are supplying most of the ingredients for the Kids Cookery Club

The club has been organised by Tameside Council and Councillor Eleanor Wills, executive member for population health, said: “This will be great fun but it’s also a highly valuable thing for young people to learn to cook.

“My six and four-year-old children are very keen mini-chefs, they thoroughly enjoy getting involved in the kitchen. I believe it’s one important way of equipping our children for life and for looking after their health.”

Anyone interested in booking for the sessions is asked to contact Luke Mirfin at Ashton Market on markets@tameside.gov.uk, or call 0161 342 3268 with the prospective young chef’s name and age, a contact number and/or email address, and the preferred dates.

There will be several 30-minute sessions on each of the days in question: 22 June, 20 July, 17 August, 21 September, 19 October, 23 November, 21 December 2019; and 11 January, 22 February and 21 March 2020.



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