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Children’s healthy eating cookery sessions by award winning chef at Whitby Pavilion

Love food, hate waste.21 February


In support of the national ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign, children aged between 9 and 11 from two schools in Whitby are baking cakes at Whitby Pavilion on Thursday 23 February.


The initiative is part of a school educational food programme to encourage children to be more aware of healthy eating from home cooking as an alternative to processed food. The initiative also illustrates how leftovers can actually be used for more baking, rather than just being thrown away. The programme is supported by grant funding by Scarborough Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council.


Wynne Jones has organised the event in her role as co-ordinator of Whitby 4 Sustainability, which is a community group that recently won a silver award in a sub-regional greener neighbourhood competition. The one year competition involved community groups from across North Yorkshire undertaking actions to reduce their carbon footprint by reducing their energy usage in the home, less food waste, improving on their recycling and composting, using more sustainable modes of transport, reducing water usage, and growing or purchasing local food.


Wynne Jones, co-ordinator of Whitby 4 Sustainability and also a Whitby Town Councillor said:


“The cake baking will be a fun and educational event for the children to learn about healthy eating options and how leftovers can be used for innovative and tasty recipes. We have also arranged for the children to wear chef’s hats during the cookery session at the cafe at Whitby Pavilion as well!"


The two schools involved in the day are St Hilda's Roman Catholic Primary School and Fylingdales Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School. From each school there will be 16 pupils and 8 adults including teachers and parents, with each school having a half day session.


Local chef, dinner lady champion-award, Katherine Breckon, who works in Whitby West Cliff Primary School, is taking the schools through their paces at the pavilion's cookery sessions. Katherine was awarded North Yorkshire Schools Chef of the Year 2011 and runner up for 2012. The ‘Torville and Dean’ cake that the children will be making has been taken from Kath's award-winning menu. The idea is that the leftovers from the cake baking will be used by the children to make their own bread on the day as well.


Katherine Breckon said:


"They'll get their hands into the flow, kneading the bread, whisking eggs and piping cream, and get to take home their bread roll and a Torville and Dean Duet Cream sponge, so their families can sample all their own work.”


Dr James Bridges, Sustainability Officer for Scarborough Borough Council has been supporting the Whitby 4 Sustainability Group all the way in their greener neighbourhood project:


“Its great news that the Whitby 4 Sustainability Group are continuing with their excellent work, and in this case facilitating a local sustainability initiative for the school children. This is an excellent opportunity for them to grasp first hand that leftovers can actually be a valuable resource for creating more recipes and meals. Reducing food waste also reduces our environmental impact as we are using less resources in the first place and thus reducing our pressure and our demands on the environment.”


Reducing food waste is a major issue. The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) which has facilitated the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign suggests that we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food from our homes every year in the UK; and that wasting food costs the average family with children around £680 a year, that is equivalent to £50 a month.


Donna Gaddass, Scarborough Borough Council’s Recycling Officer added:


‘The Love Food Hate Waste website is an excellent source of information for the community as it provides recipes for using up leftovers and handy tips and advice to help all of us waste less food. If leftovers cannot be used for further recipes then another option is to make your soil more fertile by composting some food waste such as vegetables and fruits, our website has some great hints and tips on composting.”


Whitby 4 Sustainability is planning to continue to organise community and educational workshops including further school cookery programmes in the foreseeable future.


For further information on the Neighbourhood Challenge contact James Bridges, Sustainability Officer at Scarborough Borough Council by emailing


For further information on the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign in the borough contact Donna Gaddass, Recycling Officer at Scarborough Borough Council by emailing

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