Birmingham school crowned regional cooking champion

11 March 2013

A Birmingham school has won a special award for its contribution towards reducing health inequalities and bringing local communities together by teaching people how to cook.

Gilbertstone Primary School has been singled out for praise after launching a new Let’s Get Cooking club for fathers and sons using money raised by HealthBright through The Health Lottery.

The club has been awarded a Golden Spoon gong from Let’s Get Cooking for getting more families cooking and eating healthy meals together and for offering a special experience for pupils and parents to learn together.

Teacher Laura Woods, who helps run the Let’s Get Cooking club along with Debbie Jones, said: “We know a lot of our dads don’t always get to spend as much time with their sons as they’d like to. It has been a really special bonding experience. The club has given them a perfect opportunity to learn something new and have fun together.  It’s been wonderful to watch our dads and pupils meet new members of the community and show off their new skills.”

Maggie Sims senior manager at Let’s Get Cooking, the country’s largest network of healthy cooking clubs, said: “Using food and cooking is a natural way to bring people together. With Gilbertstone Primary School, we’ve seen first-hand how it can help people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, build relationships and make new friends.

“Learning how to cook a nutritious meal from scratch and on a budget, can make such a difference to people’s health, and it’s so much more fun when you can do it alongside others.

Gilbertstone Primary School attended the national ceremony in London where special prizes for the overall Golden Spoon winners were presented by keen cook and teaching champion Kate Bellingham, best known for hosting Tomorrow’s World and Children’s ITV programme, the Big Bang.



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