Nestlé in Central and West Africa is leading activities across the region to mark International Chefs Day on October 20, 2015.
This is part of a global partnership between Nestlé and chef association World Chefs to raise awareness on healthier diets and lifestyles.
The event is headed by Nestlé Professional – the company’s business that supplies the food and beverage out-of-home industry – as part of the Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme to support this year’s theme of 'Healthy Kids Healthy Future’.
“Supporting International Chefs Day through various activities and partnerships is part of our commitment to improve global nutrition by raising awareness on healthy eating and increasing nutrition knowledge,” said Issa Rabie, Business Manager for Nestlé Professional in the Central and West Africa Region.
“Even at an early age, we aim to help people make informed choices and form healthier habits for the future,” he added.
As part of International Chefs Day in Ghana, for example, the company has partnered with non-governmental organisation Chefs for Change Ghana Foundation.
The collaboration will lead a ‘Kids Healthy Cooking Workshop’ at the University of Ghana Basic School, a model school under the Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme in the country.
The worldwide programme, which promotes nutrition education and physical activity among schoolchildren, has been running in Ghana since 2011 in partnership with Ghana Education Services and the Food and Nutrition Department at the University of Ghana.
Elijah Addo, chef and founder of Chefs for Change Ghana Foundation, will take part in the workshop to help children cook a healthy recipe using locally grown ingredients, fruits and vegetables.
The children will be given recipe cards to take home to encourage their parents to provide nutritious meals and promote healthy diets at home and at school.
The activity is also implemented in Burkina Faso and in Nigeria this year.
The recipes have been created by World Chefs members in partnership with Nestlé nutritionists.