Eden Foodservice are inspiring children in Bristol’s schools to pull up their sleeves, fasten their aprons and cause a storm in the kitchen, as a brand new training and development kitchen is launched in central Bristol.

Eden Foodservice are working with 82 Bristol schools to inspire, educate and positively enhance the lives of school children and their families.  With a focus on nutrition, healthy eating and practical skills, the hope is that future generations will be committed to maintaining a balanced lifestyle in terms of diet and keeping healthy.

Primary school children from Elmlea Junior School were treated to a hands-on pizza and bread making workshop from the chefs at Eden Foodservices, where they were taught to knead and bake their own bread, create their own pizzas using wholemeal flour and creating their own toppings using fresh vegetables and herbs.  Their efforts were put to the test when pupils were invited to sample their creations at a sit down restaurant in the adjoining room.

The objective was to demonstrate to pupils how, when using the right ingredients, a popular dish can become a healthy option. The workshop also covered the important elements of healthy eating, food awareness and safety in the kitchen.

Eden Foodservice work with over 350 schools and academies across the UK including in Cornwall, Somerset and London to encourage school pupils to be mindful of their food choices, while also teaching them the value of team work, fine motor skills and creating their own dishes, all under the expert supervision of trained catering staff.  Eden are committed to supporting schools in the delivery of food education in fun and engaging ways.

“Educating children and school cooks about the creation of healthy, nutritious meals is at the core of our values.”

The pupils from Elmlea Junior School in Bristol attended the launch of the new development kitchen at Easton Business Park, with the chance to learn the whole process of creating their own personalised pizza before sitting down with their peers to enjoy the meal they had created in the restaurant setting.  As well as developing pupils’ skills in listening, team work and observation, the session inspired pupils to develop skills in confidence, personal choice and reflecting on the experience as a whole.

The Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, officially opened the kitchen in front of Eden employees, development kitchen suppliers, local teachers, together with school catering account managers for the area. The occasion proved even more significant for Eden as the facility was awarded the much coveted Food for Life Catering Mark Award, recognising the business’s commitment to using produce which is ethical, sustainable and fresh. Eden’s development kitchen is the first facility of its kind to receive such an accolade.

Dave Elson, South West operations manager for Eden commented: “We are committed to working with the Bristol community and our investment is especially important for those schools that don’t have access to a food technology kitchen. Educating children and school cooks about the creation of healthy, nutritious meals is at the core of our values. Offering a facility like this for educational use will help pupils in Bristol build a healthy relationship with food and essential cookery skills which will take them through into adulthood.

There are also future plans to open the kitchens up to parents and adults in the community, providing a space for new skills to be learned, including nutritional awareness.

As well as demonstrating practical skills to the pupils of Elmlea Junior, pupils were encouraged to refer to nutritional charts to calculate the nutritional content of their meals. A key function of the new facility will be to offer nutritionally balanced cookery and nutrition workshops for pupils and school cooks with Eden’s team of chefs and nutritionists. The new facility will also give schools without an on-site kitchen, access to hands-on training and practical workshops.

A big hit with school children across the UK is the specially designed Smoothie Bike with a fitted fender blender – we’re not sure how many miles it would take to cycle yourself a smoothie, but the children loved this in particular (especially when their teachers had a go on the bike!)

Eden Foodservice development kitchen is now open for use in Easton.  It will be accessible to all 82 of the Bristol schools it is working with, enabling school pupils to discover the world of options open to them both now and in the future.  Igniting a joy of cooking into Bristol’s schools, their pupils and their families.

Eden Foodservice, the creative schools caterer and part of Interserve work with schools in the UK to encourage healthy eating among pupils.  With a team of nutritionists, dedicated chefs and activities coordinators, they offer customised, hands-on delivery of cookery classes and demonstrations to pupils, their parents and their teachers.  They aim to make healthy eating accessible to all.

Eden was the first company to be awarded the Silver Food for Life Catering Mark across its entire primary school operation. The business is committed to delivering more than just The School Food Plan by educating pupils, parents and communities about food, farming, health, cooking and their benefits.

For more information on Eden Food Service:  www.edenfoodservice.co.uk
For more information on Interserve:  www.interserve.com