Condobolin High School sees fruits of cooking labour

• ‘Food For Life’ chefs enjoying their Thai chicken noodle stir fry and apple cinnamon turnovers with custard. KTCondobolin High School’s ‘Food For Life’ cooking program is making a big impact on the diets of local students and their families.

The result of an AUSTAR donation of $2000 following celebrity chef Mark Olive’s recent visit to the school, Food For Life aims to teach students the best way to cook cheap and healthy meals.

Foodtech and hospitality teacher, Shirley Cowan, said the program was also helping to make students feel comfortable working with their parents in a school environment.

“[The parents] are very involved while the kids are at primary school but when they come to high school it all changes,” she said.

“So we decided to incorporate the community with the high school by running this program and getting students to invite a family member to come to school and do healthy cooking with them.

“We’ve been taking the students shopping to buy food to produce healthy meals which they then take back to their families.

“We’ve been showing them the difference between fresh, canned and frozen ingredients in relation to nutritional value and price.

“We’ve also been looking at the price of a home cooked meal versus buying take away.”

Shirley said Food For Life is in its pilot stage but if it proved to be successful the school would look at ways to maintain the program.

“At the moment we’re relying on the donation [to buy ingredients] and that will run out at the end of the year,” she said.

Student Dannelle Powell said she was really enjoying cooking with her family.

“This is good – you learn heaps and it is heaps good having Nan here,” she said.

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