All aboard the Cooking Bus!

Pupils from Ferney Lee School watch a demonstration on board the Focus on Food cooking bus at Todmorden High School
Pupils from Ferney Lee School watch a demonstration on board the Focus on Food cooking bus at Todmorden High School

HEALTHY snacks were on the menu when the Cooking Bus stopped off in Todmorden last week.

Pupils, teachers, parents and members of community groups made a variety of tasty dishes including spinach and cheese bread aboard the bus during its three-day visit to Todmorden High School.

Food teachers led sessions covering key aspects of food education including preparation skills, nutrition, food safety and hygiene.

In addition to food technology students and pupils from the high school’s catering course, youngsters from the town’s primary schools attended to try their hand at making vegetable parcels.

Food teacher Rachel Hunt-Brown said: “The students have really enjoyed it. They absolutely loved it.

“They always made at least two things and took them home with them. They also took home recipes so they can make the dishes at home. It’s not just about cooking, it’s the whole food culture.”

The Cooking Bus, organised by Focus on Food based at Dean Clough in Halifax, is a specially constructed articulated lorry which opens out into a purpose-built kitchen classroom.

The bus visited the high school for the first time after staff approached Focus on Food to help raise awareness of healthy eating.

Paul Murray, Food for Life Partnership co-ordinator who is also a teacher at the high school, said more than 150 people will have benefitted in some way from the various activities on the bus.

“This was an opportunity for people to learn first hand how to prepare, cook and enjoy healthy food.

“We want everyone to gain the confidence and skills to be able to make healthy meals at home,” he said.