October 2017, Jamaica: Banana Powered French Toast, Broccoli and Cheddar Power Puffs, Professor A & Mr Strong's Wonder Smoothie and Vision Masters' Colourful Salad were the creations for Nestlé's International Chef's Day celebration at their corporate office Friday last. Aptly themed 'Foods for Healthy Heroes', the excitement and energy were palpable in the Nestlé show kitchen as selected students from Ensom City Primary, St Francis Primary, Seaview Gardens Primary, Hazard Primary, St Jude's Primary, St Theresa's Primary, Free Town Primary, Lannaman's Preparatory and Alvernia Preparatory were given the opportunity to transform healthy recipes into 'Healthy Heroes'.
The interactive session, led by Chef Jacqui Tyson and her From Thought to Finish team, saw students don chef hats and aprons ahead of being placed in groups and preparing child-friendly dishes that were stipulated by the World Association of Chefs' Societies.
To bring the event closer to home, Chef Tyson added a fifth Healthy Heroes treat for the children, which she named Running Bolt. The energy-packed Running Bolt, a combination of yam, cheddar cheese, onion, breadcrumbs, butter and heavy cream, was a tribute to the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt, and found favour with the students.
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton, who made a much-appreciated guest appearance at the event, enthralled with his Professor A & Mr Strong's Wonder fruit-laden smoothie. Students were further encouraged by him to eat healthy. “It's a great initiative,” he told Thursday Food. “It's important that we teach our children the importance to their long-term health of eating a balanced diet; it must be a lifestyle they develop.”
Part of the Nestlé Healthy Kids programme, the cookery workshop, was a company initiative to promote children's nutrition, health and well-being. The Nestlé Healthy Kids programme's commitment is to help 50 million children lead healthier lives by 2030.
Reprinted from Jamaica Observer: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/thursday-life-food/healthy-healthy_114640?profile=1237