We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to participate in research which explores the relationship between school chef training, school food provision and school food consumption. It was funded by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity as part of their programme to tackle childhood obesity.
Good nutrition in children is vital for growth and development. Eating habits developed at school are important in helping to keep children healthy and becoming healthy adults. What is learned at school also needs to translate into practices outside of school.
Chefs in Schools is working with King's College London and Public Health Nutrition Research to explore how their chef training programme influences the food and drink choices of pupils in schools in London. A trained chef works with the pupils and staff to bring healthier food and drink choices into the dining room and across the school day, and to promote links between the food on offer and food education in the curriculum.