Summer camp creates cooks in Windsor Park

Thrifty Foods Young Chef Camp helps kids learn healthy ways

Young chefs Nick Beatty

Young chefs Nick Beatty

Twenty young chefs stormed the Windsor Park Pavilion last Wednesday morning, concocting fruit smoothies to re-energize after playing outside.

The Thrifty Foods Young Chef Camp, teaching children aged 9 to 12 simple recipes to get them interested in healthy food, ran at Oak Bay rec last week.

“The goal of the program is to teach (children) about healthy eating and instill in kids at a young age about cooking and being creative, and creating tasty recipes,” said Jessalyn O’Donnell, a dietician with Thrifty Foods.

The week-long program, which travels to different rec centres in Greater Victoria throughout the summer and during parts of the year, allows kids to develop hands-on skills in the kitchen.

Campers also tour the grocery store, where they learn how to read food labels and are introduced to different food items.

Although the recipes are easy, it’s still fun, according to an Oak Bay camper.

“I find it really fun that we get to pick our ingredients and then we get to taste them,” nine-year-old Mark Pugliese said.

“I would really consider going to this camp again.”


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