Kids in kitchen reap the benefits

A KITCHEN operated by students from Wodonga West Primary School ruled at the city’s weekend Harvest Festival.

That was proven by the number of people who flocked to purchase the students’ fresh produce and zucchini and haloumi fritters.

Children from years 3 to 6 had the opportunity to cook for more than 5000 people using their organically grown produce.

Principal Jocelyn Owen said it was all part of the school’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.

“It’s vital that children understand they can make anything from basic food and it gets them away from packaged meals,” she said.

“The program involves them growing, harvesting, cooking and sharing.”

The students had a link to their own little bit of fame, cooking in the Tallangatta Secondary College food van which has featured on the television cooking series My Kitchen Rules.

“I just phoned judge Manu (Feildel) and asked to borrow it,” Ms Owen joked.

School captain Mikayla Ivic said the event made the students feel like real chefs.

“It’s a great experience and will certainly help us when we’re older,” she said.

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