Pupils trade pens for pans in a cookathon

Let's Get Cooking BIG Cookathon, led by the Children's Food Trust.'Ash Grove Infant & Junior School, Pontefract.'Editorial single usage unless the Children's Food Trust is contacted for consent.'� Victor De Jesus / UNP 01274 412222
Let's Get Cooking BIG Cookathon, led by the Children's Food Trust.'Ash Grove Infant & Junior School, Pontefract.'Editorial single usage unless the Children's Food Trust is contacted for consent.'� Victor De Jesus / UNP 01274 412222

Budding young chefs at a South Elmsall school hit the kitchens to take part in a national cooking challenge.

Youngsters from Ash Grove Junior and Infant School were among 36,000 people across the country who tackled the Let’s Get Cooking Big Cookathon.

On March 7 participants from 300 schools and community groups in England cooked a healthy alternative to the popular Indian takeaway dish korma.

Helen Laws, learning mentor at Ash Grove said: “For us, it’s all about children sharing and enjoying the experience of cooking. We were delighted to give all our pupils the chance to have a go.

“It’s really important for them to learn how to cook from scratch and to realise that good food doesn’t come from a freezer or a tin.”

She added: “The vegetables were donated by Moortop Farm Shop in Hemsworth, Tesco donated £40 and the Parents and Friends Association gave us £60 to pay for the cookathon.”

Rob Rees, chef and chairman of the Children’s Food Trust, which organises the cookathaon, said: “Cooking and eating together are such powerful ways to bring communities together.”