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Jun 27, 2024

Healthy chef program empowers kids and teens with disability 

Dietetics Event News

Northcott’s popular Healthy Chef Program has returned for the winter school holidays, aiming to inspire children and teens with disability to get involved in cooking and learn about eating healthily. 

The program, spread over two engaging sessions, focusses on teaching participants how to prepare delicious, nutritious meals quickly and easily. One of the main highlights for many participants is discovering new ways to use vegetables in familiar dishes, like topping pizzas with tasty broccoli. 

Feedback from our past programs 

Participants also learned about the importance of eating a variety of foods from different food groups. They got hands-on experience trying out various food combinations, with some even tasting new ingredients for the first time and giving them top marks for flavour. 

The program’s success was evident as participants proudly showcased what they had created. One young chef remarked that a simple jam sandwich no longer satisfied him after learning to make a wholesome sandwich with chicken, hummus, carrot, and cheese on wholemeal bread. 

Positive outcomes 

Other positive outcomes included improved social interactions within the group, as well as the development of kitchen skills such as chopping, whisking, and measuring. Many kids left the program motivated to cook at home, with one budding chef earning praise from his younger brother for replicating the recipes. 

Families also praised the program for teaching children how to prepare healthy after-school snacks and discussing the importance of nutritious eating for growth and development. 

Two girls in kitchen making snacks
A teenager and dietitian making nachos

Parents provided positive feedback about the program’s educational value and practical recipes. One parent mentioned, “These sessions were very educational with easy quick recipes to include fruits and vegetables in their diet.” 

Many young chefs have come into the program hesitant to try new flavours and textures but have surprised their parents by developing a taste for new ingredients that they’ve prepared.

Ethan, a keen participant, has attended every session of the program, showcasing his enthusiasm for cooking and learning. 

Boy rolling pizza dough in kitchen
Boy making nachos with dietitian

If you’re interested in joining the next Healthy Chef Program in Parramatta or Campbelltown, sign up today to discover the joy of cooking while learning about healthy eating habits. 

July 2024 school holiday timetable

Northcott’s Guide to Healthy Chefs for teenagers

Northcott’s Guide to Healthy Chefs for children

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