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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Nottingham City Council’s catering service brings a fresh fruit and veg experience into the classroom

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Food Development Chefs at Nottingham City Council’s catering service Eat Culture Nottingham Catering are bringing a fresh fruit and vegetable experience into the classroom.

Encouraging children to explore food by looking, smelling, touching, listening to and tasting the food, TastEd (Taste Education) classes inspire children to be adventurous with trying new flavours.

The children, turned ‘Food Explorers’ in reception classes at Seely Primary School have been enjoying an hour of Taste Ed for six days.

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Rebecca Hughes, Design and Technology Lead, said: “I think the children absolutely loved TastEd. They could not stop talking about it during the week and they are still talking about it now.

To focus on listening, the ‘Food Explorers’ put a piece of celery in their mouths and then covered their ears so they could listen to the noise it made as they ate it, next up was banana and sugar snap peas. Food Development Chef, Beth Marriot sparked the children’s imagination with questions about the sounds and the tastes of the food. The children shared mini white boards to write down what they thought: “Crunchy, salty, squishy, slimy, sweet and delicious!”

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Teachers and parents have noticed the difference. Rebecca said:

“The children having been using lots of the tasting skills we learned during break and lunch time. They covered their ears, held their noses and talked more about what the food looks like.

“I have noticed that the children will now explore more food at lunch time, and they will at least try something new. Even if they do not like it, they are proud they have tried it. Parents have told me children have used the tasting skills when eating their dinner and a few parents said their child tried a new food they would not touch before.”

Helping children to learn to love eating healthy foods, through fun, empowering hands-on experiences using the senses TastEd is a charity that aims to develop a lifelong, positive relationship with food.

With classes are tailored to the English curriculum they offer a scheme of resources for primary schools.

Working towards extending TastEd training to midday staff, Nottingham Catering’s plan is to give staff new ways of encouraging the pupils to eat more fruit and vegetables at lunchtimes, and they can help deliver TastEd at any of their catered schools.

Beth said: “It’s a great way to encourage children to try new flavours, and a hugely fun way to give children new food experiences using all their senses.”

Eat Culture Nottingham Catering are bringing a food experience into the classroom with TastEd (Taste Education).

TastEd is a charity that provides a taste education scheme of work for schools. Taste education gives children the opportunity to learn to enjoy eating fruits and vegetables, using all 5 senses.

Helping children to learn to love eating healthy foods, through fun, empowering hands-on experiences using the senses TastEd aims to develop a lifelong, positive relationship with food.