Nestlé is once again joining forces with the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) to celebrate International Chefs Day and to promote healthy eating to children. In Nigeria, Nestlé Nigeria is organising the event in collaboration the Nigerian Association of Chefs’ Societies.
The theme for this year’s International Chefs Day is ‘Foods for Healthy Heroes’, which will be used to raise awareness in children about healthy eating by letting them be creative with food. We also aims to inspire chefs and to provide nutritious and fun recipe ideas for their kids' menus.
A Nestlé study found that involving children in preparing and cooking meals encourages them to adopt good eating habits.
By letting children be creative and have fun with fruits and vegetables, children from schools in Ogun State will take part in cookery workshops led by a team of professional chefs and representatives from Nestlé Professional. The children will be encouraged to turn fruits and vegetables into edible ‘Healthy Heroes.’ Nestlé believes that encouraging children to be creative with vegetables and fruits is a great way for them to discover new food.
To promote healthy eating and a balanced diet beyond the workshops, children taking part will receive recipe cards to take home and keep so that they can prepare meals with their families.
“International Chefs Day is a great opportunity for us to reach the children within the communities where we live and work. We are excited to spend this time teaching them the benefits of a healthy diet in a fun way,” said Chef Yinka Eboda, Nestlé Professional Chef and member of the Chefs’ Association.
Dr. Yewande Akinyomi, Representative of the President of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria iterated “eating fresh fruits and vegetables helps address micronutrient deficiency”.
This activity is part ofthe Nestlé for Healthier Kids program, which forms part of our company’s commitment to promote children’s nutrition, health and wellbeing. It is an initiative in line with our company’s purpose: enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.
“Nestlé for Healthier Kids brings together all our efforts to support parents and teachers on their journey to raise healthier kids. From leading research to product formulation, from education to innovative nutrition and lifestyle services, from individual actions to engaging partnerships, our commitment is to help 50 million children lead healthier lives by 2030,” said Mauricio Alarcon, Managing Director for Nestlé Nigeria.