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News & Views Top chefs tell Government to keep kids cooking

Celebrity TV chefs Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes and Ainsley Harriott are among a host of top chefs and food lovers who have signed a letter sent to Education Secretary Michael Gove urging him to keep practical cooking lessons on the curriculum for all secondary school pupils.

The letter expresses concern that the review of the National Curriculum announced by the Department for Education may result in children leav- ing school without even the basic skills needed to prepare healthy

meals for themselves or their fami- lies. In the letter, the writers say, “We are alarmed that your Depart- ment’s curriculum review may lead to secondary schools no longer teach- ing all pupils to cook at Key Stage 3. Money has already been spent training staff and preparing classrooms, so it makes sense to continue. We strongly urge the Government to retain the cur- rent requirement that all Key Stage 3 pupils receive at least 24 hours of basic cooking lessons.“

Funded by the British Heart Foundation, The Children’s Food Campaign wants to improve children’s health and well-being through better food - and food teaching - in schools. According to campaign coordinator Jackie Schneider, “We want children to make informed, healthy choices about their diet - teaching them how to cook allows them to do just that. Rather than nagging children about their diet, teaching them practical cooking skills is one of the most effective ways to drive behaviour change which the gov- ernment says it is keen to see.”

Tallest poppadom title returns to Indian Ocean

This March Ashton-under-Lyne’s Indian Ocean restaurant broke the Guinness World Record for the ‘Tallest Stack of Poppadoms’ title, regaining a totle it had held before. A team of chefs and waiters from the restaurant built the tower to a hight of 1.57m, beating the existing record by 6cm. The pre- vious record was measured at 1.51m and was achieved by the Curry Lounge in Nottingham, on 22 July 2009.

The record was witnessed by offi- cial judges, Tameside Councillor Bill Harrison and local businessman Jon Howarth, managing director at City Accident Response. Both were on hand

Good food ‘most important’ when holidaying in UK

Good accommodation (84%) and food (79%) are the biggest priorities for Britons taking a weekend break in the UK according to new data. The research, carried out by Northamptonshire Enterprise Ltd (NEL), also showed that over half of those asked said how

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important it was for a weekend break destination to offer something for all the family and 48% said events and activities were important.

The poll of just over 1000 adults revealed that a short journey time is also very important when choosing a weekend or short break, with the majority of people preferring to choose a destination within two hours drive of home.

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to observe the attempt from start to finish, making sure the guidelines pro- vided by Guinness World Records were properly followed and then measuring and officially recording the height of the tower.

The record attempt was held as part of a charity evening for Manchester- based cancer appeal Men Matter. The appeal raises awareness and funds for research into prostate, testicular and penile cancers.

During the evening, guests were treated to the restaurant’s signature

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