Fit2cook has a strong track record in developing and running successful food education projects. We have worked with food companies, charities, local authorities and teamed up with local agricultural shows and countryside organisations:
- The Create & Cook Competition, now in its 10th year with a newly launched website, is a local food project that encourages young cooks to create menus focusing on locally produced ingredients. For 2018 we are running the competition for schools in Hampshire, Sussex, the Isle of Wight, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Working with liked minded sponsors and supporters the project aims to celebrate local food and nurture young talent. In 2014 we won a Business in the Community Local Impact Award.
- “Growing Together” is a field to fork project about the watercress industry past and present for primary schools around Alresford, “the capital of watercress”. Working with Alresford Salads and the Watercress Company, fit2cook takes children out onto local watercress farms to see how watercress is grown and then we learn how to cook with watercress back in school.
- City Mill Baking, in conjunction with the National Trust, was a project promoting fun with dough for young primary school children. We used Winchester City Mill’s fantastic stoneground flour made in the working watermill. Children saw the flour being made and then used it to make bread, biscuits and cakes.
- During the Year of Food and Farming, fit2cook worked with Hampshire Country Learning (now the Country Trust) to run a variety of farm based days showing Hampshire primary school children how their food is grown and cooked. We explored local dairy farms, apple orchards and beef herds making burgers, crumbles & smoothies.
- Early Years Cooking - working with the Pre- School Learning Alliance fit2cook ran training courses for those working with the under 5’s to show them fun and simple ways to cook and have fun with food. Using our exploratory recipes, we showed you’re never too young to learn about good food!