A number of Primary School pupils in Renfrew recently made the most of Jamie Oliver’s cookery knowhow to help them learn how to create simple, nutritional and delicious recipes.

Families at Newmains Primary School took part in the Tesco Community Cookery School online course, developed by Jamie Oliver-trained community cooks and Tesco development chefs and nutritionists, to further understand the importance of a healthy, nutritious diet.

It covers knife skills and basic nutrition, as well as offering flexible recipes which can be adapted to complement a wide variety of typically donated food.

The free course provided funding for Newmains Primary School to purchase food and any cooking equipment they needed to take part, as well as a detailed insight into a range of recipes that they can pass on to those in need.

Sheryll Pickering, Principal Teacher at Newmains Primary School, said: “At Newmains Primary School, we have always believed in the importance of cooking and enjoying healthy and nutritious meals especially for growing children who are eager to learn. That is why we took part in the Tesco Community Cookery School course with a group of our primary students and their families.

“I’m really pleased to have been part of it and all of the teachers and children involved had a really good time. Some of the food looked incredible and we’re hoping to have potentially inspired the next generation of Michelin star talent right here in Renfrew.”

The cookery school initiative launched in 2019 with the aim of training 1,000 community cooks – a target which was achieved by January 2020. The programme was developed in partnership with Tesco’s Health Ambassador, Jamie Oliver, and food distribution charity FareShare.

They aim to provide recipes and skills to make the most of the food typically donated to charities, such as tinned food and store cupboard ingredients. This year’s campaign is focused on the importance of cooking balanced meals from scratch by offering ideas and recipes to increase the use of fruit and veg in everyday meals.