Benefit Dinner To Help Fund Child Cooking Programme

12th October 2017
A benefit dinner is being held tonight as part of a scheme to get more Jersey youngsters into cooking.
Caring Cooks of Jersey run the ‘Lets Get Cooking Programme’, which teaches children about food, nutrition and healthy eating.
Year 5 students at Mont Nicolle will serve champagne and canapés at Restaurant Sirocco, before diners dig into a 6 course tasting menu.
Top chefs from the island including Mark Jordan and Steve Smith will then be auctioned off to cook in a lucky person’s home.
The inaugural benefit dinner last year raised £13,000 and founder Melissa Nobrega is hopeful of getting even more tonight.
“We would love to raise £26,000 this evening, which would mean that the two schools that are currently part of the programme remain fully funded. We don’t have funding support for them at the moment so we are having to rely on the generosity of the public. If we can raise that amount, it will mean over 550 children will be part of the programme.”
The charity is hoping to get all 22 states primary schools onto the programme by 2025, which would give children the ability to cook healthy meals for themselves and their families.
Melissa says it is important to arm them with these skills.
“There are two generations of people that have lost cooking skills. Home economics isn’t as prioritised in schools as it was 30 years ago. They are not passed down so we want to reverse that trend and try to get more people learning so they can then teach their children.”
Restaurant Sirocco Head Chef Steve Walker is another of the chef’s being auctioned tonight. He says he was delighted to be involved in the project.
“I am delighted to be part of such a truly worthwhile dinner. Caring Cooks of Jersey are working hard to promote healthy living and helping so many Islanders to live a healthier lifestyle which is really important when obesity is rapidly becoming a global concern.”
Tickets for the dinner cost £150 and can be booked by emailing

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