AS THE world marks the 2017
International Chef Day, Nestle
Nigeria Plc, a leading food and
beverage company, has urged
parents to involve children while
preparing their meals.
According to the organisation,
this will encourage them to adopt
good eating habits which will
make them to grow into healthy
well-balanced adults.
Mrs Victoria Uwadoka,
Corporate Communications and
Public Affairs Manager, Nestle
Nigeria Plc., made the call at
an event to celebrate this year’s
International Chef Day on Friday
in Abeokuta.
The News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) reports that globally,
International Chef Day is
commemorated annually on Oct.
20 and the theme for 2017 is:
“Foods for Healthy Heroes”.
Uwadoka said: “To promote
healthy eating to children, Nestle
Nigeria is joining forces with the
Nigerian Association of Chefs
Societies on International Chef
Day.
“A Nestle study found that
involving children in preparing
and cooking meals encourages
them to adopt good eating habits.
“The theme for this year is used
to raise awareness in children
about healthy eating by allowing
them be creative with food.
“We also aim to inspire chefs
and to provide nutritious and fun
recipe ideas for their kids’ menu.’’
The corporate communications
and public affairs manager said:
“For us at Nestle, our vision is to
help improve quality of life and to
contribute to a healthier future for all.
“In our bid to do that, we want
to impact on individuals and their
families to make the right food
choices, not only by providing the
right food, but by providing the
right information.
“This will help them take right
decisions.
“So, this day is an opportunity
for us to speak to young children
and bring them together with chefs
who are professionals in the field
of preparing these tasty nutritious
meals.
“This is to let the children to imbibe
these healthy meal habits at the early
stages of their lives as it will help
them to eat right and to understand
why they need to eat right.“Ultimately, when they go home
and share the information with
their families, it benefits not only
themselves but their families and
the nation at large,” Uwadoka said.
According to her, the activity is
also part of Nestle for Healthier Kids
programme, which forms part of the
company’s commitment to promote
children’s nutrition, health and
well-being.
Mr Dauda Akano, Business
Manager, Nestle Professionals
Nigeria, said: “Children form the
bedrock of any family and the
society.
“A well-nourished child is the pride
of any parent, school, government
and society.
“The strength of any nation is the
people and a healthy people make
a healthy productive force; children
are the leaders of tomorrow and
the need for them to be healthy is
critical.
“So, today, we are celebrating not
only our chefs but also the Nigerian
children; we are educating them on
how to make tasty, healthier meals
in a fun way.
“Furthermore, we will learn the
important roles different kinds of
foods play in enhancing our allround
development.
“At Nestle Professionals, we are
committed to providing expertise
and efficient innovative food
solutions to help our chefs win,”
Akano said.
Left: Chef Esther Alexander and Chef Nick Maaji
teaching the Pupils from Various
Schools in Ogun-State how to
Prepare
Different Continental Dishes
During the 2017 International
Chefs Day
in Abeokuta, Ogun-State on
Friday/20/10/17
Speaking with NAN, Mr
Olayinka Eboda, a member of
Association of Professional Chefs
of Nigeria, said: “International
Chefs Day is a great opportunity
for us to reach children within the
communities where we live and
work.
“We are excited to spend time
teaching them on the benefits of a
healthy diet in a fun way.
“There is need for Nigerians to
begin to take their meals and eating
habits seriously; no matter the
little you have, it can be prepared
to be healthy and presented in
attractive ways,” Eboda said.
Mrs Egunjobi, SUBEB Director in
Ogun, said that education on the
benefits of good feeding habits
was critical for Nigerians to truly
lead healthy lives.
According to her, the children are
the heroes of today and tomorrow,
and passing this information to
them is appropriate.
Gbenga Ajayi, a nine-yearold
pupil, commended Nestle
for organising the programme,
saying he had learned why it was
important to eat healthy and how
creative one can be
in preparing and
presenting dishes.
NAN reports
that over 50
students from
selected schools
in Ogun took part
in the event that
involved cookery
workshops led
by a team of
p r o f e s s i o n a l
chefs and
repre s e n t a t i v e s
from Nestle
Professionals.
The children
were encouraged
to be creative
with fruits and
vegetables by
turning fruits and
vegetables into
edible “Healthy
Heroes”. NAN

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