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Little Chefs goes from strength to strength

A group of 11 Belle Isle youngsters have enjoyed time in the kitchen and the chance to explore new food each week.

The Little Chefs group makes different healthy and balanced meals each week in an area of Leeds which suffers from higher than average levels of obesity  and deprivation.

Parents and carers also attend the sessions to spend quality time with the children – and get to sample what they have made.

This gives the children a real confidence boost and encourages them to do more in the home and have a healthier diet.

One mum said: “I have enjoyed watching the kids smile as the cook is teaching them.  It’s been great to watch children creating a meal using different ingredients and tasting it. They learn how to prepare food and cook it.”

Little Chefs is run by the Family Intervention Service (FIS) at Belle Isle Family Centre.

FIS manager Vikrant Bhatia said: “Giving children time in the kitchen with their parents has taught them about healthy food choices, safety, hygiene and other basic cooking skills in a fun and friendly environment.

“We aim to encourage fun at meal times and strengthen family relationships at the same time.”

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