Little Bites Cookery* is launching as a social enterprise to make nutrition fun. Little Bites Cookery runs cookery classes for 2.5 yrs and upwards in the Tang Hall area of York. Its founder, Penelope Henderson set up Little Bites cookery because there was nothing in York that teaches children to cook nutritious food from a young age.
Penelope, an Award Winner of UnLtd**, the foundation of social entrepreneurs started the venture over a year ago. As a parent and qualified nutritionist, she has become particularly concerned with an increasing trend of childhood obesity and poor dietary habits and therefore has set out the vision of ‘making nutrition fun’ through teaching vital cookery skills in a fun way. “I am really passionate about making a difference to young people’s diets and believe it is so important to capture them at an early age, whilst learning about new tastes and textures it can really make a difference to their dietary habits long term”.
The social aims of Little Bites are to increase confidence and ability in cookery skills whilst improving nutrition and well being. A case study of a 3 yr old boy who has developed a love of cooking highlights the difference being made to his cooking ability and confidence.
"Joe started cooking with Little Bites aged 3 (now 4) and really enjoyed the classes as the kids get to do everything, including washing and tidying afterwards. We were impressed with the nutritious recipes and fun healthy-eating games and activities the children did whilst the food was cooking. He learnt how to use a knife safely and his interest and confidence in cooking at home has soared, particularly if grated cheese is involved! He's tried loads of new healthy foods (including vegetables!), and tried out some nifty gadgets. I would highly recommend these cookery classes", commented Rumina (mum to Joe).
Little Bites have been awarded a fund from TCV and the Peoples Health Trust Local
People Programme to run cookery workshops for young people and parents at the Tang Hall community centre. Starting in early 2017, young people and parents living in the Tang Hall area have the opportunity to attend this free course to develop basic cookery skills. Please get in touch with Little Bites Cookery (e: firstname.lastname@example.org) if your a young person/parent in Tang hall and interested in finding out more.