Cooking bus comes to town

WHITEHILLS Primary School will be the venue for the ‘Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus’ over the course of this week.

If you have never seen a Cooking Bus in action before then you are in for a treat. This giant, hi-tech articulated lorry opens out into a spectacular purpose-built kitchen and classroom where qualified food teachers give pupils, teachers and the wider community a taste of quality cooking.

This Cooking Bus, funded by the Scottish Government as part of its Healthier Scotland programme and Food Standards Agency Scotland, is run by ‘Focus on Food’ the leading organisation to support the teaching of cooking in schools and communities across the UK.

The Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus is part of the Scottish Government’s efforts to improve the health of children and families in Scotland.

As well as teaching cooking, nutrition and food safety and hygiene to pupils the bus will welcome mums, dads, guardians and carers and community groups on board to reach the wider community.

The core of all lessons will be hands-on cooking.

Shona Robison, Scottish Minister for Public Health, said: “The Cooking Bus is a fantastic way to teach children some of the basics about where our food comes from and how to cook healthy, tasty meals.

“Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated and that will be an important lesson for the young chefs on the Cooking Bus.

“As part of Scotland’s first ever national food and drink policy we are encouraging people to develop healthy eating habits that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

“This, along with our joint action plan to improve diet and increase physical activity, will help to tackle the serious problem of obesity and invest in a healthier future for Scotland.”

Lydia Wilkie, assistant director of the Food Standards Agency, added: “This project will generate real enthusiasm about food in schools and communities.

“We are totally committed to engaging children, as early as possible, in understanding the link between food and health and preparing them to make informed choices about what the eat in the future.”