Nestle Professional and WorldChefs and The World Chefs Association, join us on October 20th for #InternationalChefsDay” to promote healthy eating for children around the world; through cooking events under the theme of "How Healthy Food Works", in line with the Nestle for Healthy Kids global aims to help 50 million children live healthy lives by 2030.
In conjunction with the Emirates Culinary Guild, culinary and educational activities were held at the International Culinary Arts Dubai - ICCA, where children learned about cooking with specific dishes and their related benefits. Other events in the Middle East are planned to include more than four hundred children in similar sessions in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Tunisia.
International Chefs Day Chair, Chef Joanna Ochniak, said: “Our theme this year is How Healthy Food Works. We want to show how food affects our bodies internally, create the themes of the last two years - healthy foods to grow and healthy foods for heroes - and why we need them to go deeper into different foods and why our bodies need them.
The eight fruits and vegetables selected to emphasize the recipes for children this year include: apples and oranges for the benefit of vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system; Bananas for a variety of vitamins and minerals that including manganese, Magnesium and B-vitamins which are important for strong growth and development; fiber broccoli for digestion; carrots and spinach have Vitamin A which contributes to a healthy vision; and cucumbers are 95% water it helps the body stay hydrated; Mangos as a source of potassium is contributes to normal muscle function.
Roger Frei, Business Executive Officer at Nestlé Professional, Middle East & North Africa, said: ““We are very proud to partner with WorldChefs to bring the message of healthy eating to children around the world, Together with chefs, we aim to raise awareness of the important and increasingly important role that cooking play in providing healthy food for children, helping them eat well, and establishing healthy eating habits and diets as they grow up.”
The children-cooking workshops, which assessed the impact of the 2016 International Chefs Day, confirmed their positive impact on children’s salad preferences in many countries around the world.
More about Nestlé for Healthier Kids
The Nestle for Healthier Kids Global Initiative aims to help 50 million children live healthier lives by 2030, through leading research in child nutrition, product innovation and the introduction of healthy foods, as well as education and innovative nutrition and lifestyle programs and services are developed and implemented with partners around the world.
For more information on what Nestle is doing for healthier kids: https://www.nestle.com/healthierkids