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TASTER SESSIONS: Stranton Primary School pupils (from left) Vincent Dunster, Imogen Davies and Kyle Foster taking part in the Chef School
TASTER SESSIONS: Stranton Primary School pupils (from left) Vincent Dunster, Imogen Davies and Kyle Foster taking part in the Chef School

SCHOOLCHILDREN have been given a taste of a healthy eating scheme run by a restaurant chain.

Youngsters from Stranton Primary School have been taking part in the Chef School, at the Toby Carvery, at Wolviston.

On Mondays and Tuesdays leading up to the summer, different classes from the school, in Southburn Terrace, Hartlepool, have been travelling to the pub, in Coal Lane and taking part in the initiative.

They get to don chefs hats, take part in healthy eating workshops, work with one of Toby’s chefs and then get to enjoy a carvery.

School administrator Alison Dolan said: “We have been taking part in this for a couple of weeks and more sessions are booked up until the summer.

“We were able to book all the classes in from foundation stage right up to Year 6.

“It’s fantastic, all the children are enjoying all the healthy eating workshops.

“They are learning about fruit and vegetables they have never heard of before and obviously enjoying their lunch.”

Ms Dolan said during the workshops, interactive activities include the children having to think of a vegetable starting with each letter, they get to put their hand in a box and have to describe what fruit or vegetable is inside and they hear a description of a fruit or vegetable and have to name it.

Youngsters can also learn about nutrition content and the importance of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Ms Dolan added: “It’s free, we just have to pay for transport.”

Around 20 youngsters from each class have been taking part each time.

The Toby Carvery is taking part in the initiative as part of the Government’s Year of Food and Farming scheme and aims to educate on food and its origins.

Assistant manager Leanne Swallow said: “The youngsters really love our new scheme, which teaches them about fruit and vegetables and gives them a chance to eat out in a restaurant.”