Chefs enjoy taste from kids in the kitchen

A national program teaching children to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh and seasonal food was officially opened at two Hills schools last month by Australian culinary icon Maggie Beer.

Littlehampton primary students Lachy Bowden, left, Oscar Sarre and Peta Clements show Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant the kitchen facility at the opening of their kitchen garden late last month. RIGHT: Chef Simon Bryant and Kitchen Garden Foundation SA ambassador Maggie Beer officially opened Littlehampton’s kitchen garden last month.

The Barossa cook and food producer formally opened the Birdwood and Littlehampton primary schools’ kitchens and gardens in late June in her role as SA ambassador the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.
The Courier visited Littlehampton where Ms Beer and her co-star from ABC TV’s The Cook and The Chef, Simon Bryant, spoke to staff, parents and students about the positives of the program.
“Can you imagine what Australia’s food life is going to be when all of you kids grow up learning as much as you have at this school,” Ms Beer said to gathered guests. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation was established by cook, restaurateur and food writer Stephanie Alexander in 2004 after the successful pilot of the program at a school in Melbourne three years earlier.
It has since expanded across the country, lobbying Federal and State Governments for funding support to teach children the importance of eating and preparing fresh and nutritious food.

For the full report, see the print issue of The Courier.