Cookery workshops - Love Nutritious Food - St Davids - Pembrokeshire

Love Nutritious Food inspires a healthy appetite for learning

With the BBC reporting obesity to be overtaking smoking as the biggest health risk in Wales and the debate on whether veganism is the answer to our planetary and dietary survival, we as a community have some serious thinking to do about the choices we make on our nutritional intake moving forward.

According to health experts, 27% of four to five year olds in Wales are currently overweight or obese, and one in three adults aged 45 to 64 are obese.

With obesity being the second biggest preventable cause of cancer (after smoking), it’s not surprising that Welsh government are backing numerous ‘healthier Wales’ initiatives. The focus is on providing our community with essential nutrition education, plus encouraging us to prioritise raw-state foods over processed.

With this in mind, it is refreshing to see Kate Iceton hosting educational cookery workshops to inspire and empower mini-chefs, children and adults to proactively manage their diet long term.

I spoke to Kate about her business Love Nutritious Food, to understand about her passion for educating others and how her work is making a difference in the Pembrokeshire community.

Kate Iceton - Love Nutritious Food
Kate Iceton (Love Nutritious Food)

Hi Kate, can you tell us a bit about Love Nutritious Food.

Love Nutritious Food delivers nutritious, seasonal and healthy cookery workshops and sessions. The interactive sessions are highly engaging and always very popular, especially as the participants get to eat the food they prepare. The majority of workshops are based at St Davids Wellbeing and Love Nutritious Food also works throughout Pembrokeshire with schools, community groups, charities, and local businesses to support the health and wellbeing of all.

How do workshop attendees benefit over and above simply learning to cook?

At the heart of what I do is a commitment to working with people in a nourishing and empowering way. I provide nutritional advice, tuition, and hands on cookery in a fun and social environment, empowering all to become confident cooks with a full range of kitchen skills.  

How important is it to use local foods in your cookery workshops?

Love Nutritious Food is dedicated to promoting a sustainable food system which provides good food for all. I support local food producers and most of the ingredients are sourced locally or within Wales.  

Can you give us an insight into what happens in one of your workshops?

The workshop starts with a demonstration of some of the dishes that will be prepared and cooked, followed by interactive hands on cooking throughout the session.   Ingredients, equipment and aprons are provided for everyone taking part, who take home the dishes they have made and a recipe card to encourage them to try it out again.

Tell us about the range of foods you introduce in your workshops

From amazing breakfasts to wholesome snacks, mid week meals and impressive supper parties for friends and of course baking and desserts, these dishes will show your family and friends that healthy eating is delicious and sociable. Here are some examples of menus we’ve created so far:

  • Mexican: Bean enchiladas, burrito bowl, corn salsa
  • Chinese: Spring rolls, sticky chicken, sweet ginger dipping sauce
  • Italian: Pizza, slaw, dough balls, sweet dipping sauce
  • Spanish: Patatas bravas, tortilla, pinchitos, pan con tomate
  • Indian: Chicken tikka kebabs, naan bread, raita salad
  • Summer Picnics: Savoury muffins, cous cous, fruit skewers, granola bars
  • Moroccan: Falafels, hummus, flat bread, tabbouleh

Can you share how your role working with Hywel Dda University Health Board relates to the work you’re doing with Love Nutritious Food.

In my current role, I work closely with Primary and Secondary Care. I am an experienced manager with a passion for health promotion, and the drive and dedication to deliver health programmes to benefit all.

I have worked closely with government agencies and been responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating programmes to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities in Pembrokeshire. This ranged from face-to-face advice for individuals, to producing strategic policies for health promotion; setting up schemes promoting a healthy lifestyle; running campaigns and implementing government initiatives relating to public health which addressed inequalities in health within disadvantaged communities.

How can the Pembrokeshire community benefit from working with you?

I have extensive experience of helping communities bring about social change and improve the quality of life in their local area, working with individuals, families and whole communities to empower them to: identify their assets, needs, opportunities, rights and responsibilities; plan what they want to achieve and take appropriate action; develop activities and services to generate aspiration and confidence.

I have worked in partnership with social and community enterprises, such as Action for Children, Keep Wales Tidy, running pre-structured and bespoke cooking workshops.

I understand the importance of facilitating memorable, engaging and affordable sessions which are designed to encourage a healthy appetite for learning. I can help inspire workplaces or community groups to cook fresh, delicious food which encourages individuals to eat a healthy, vital and nourishing diet. The sessions offer interactive learning with plenty of opportunity for 'hands on' experience in a supportive learning environment. I deliver a variety of sessions, e.g.meal planning and budgeting. During the workshops there are plenty of opportunities to discuss; kitchen know-how, handy hints and proven shortcuts. Seasoning and balancing flavours. Preparation and timing skills.

How do we book a cookery experience with you?

To discuss how Love Nutritious Food can work with you, please get in touch for further information by email at lovenutritiousfood@gmail.com or call me on 07435 276444

Book a Cookery Workshop!

Mini Chefs Cookery Workshop

NEW for 2019! This workshop is for children aged 5 – 7 years and introduces basic cookery skills, such as beating, folding, peeling, arranging, rubbing in, measuring and most of all having fun!  Cooking can be a pleasure for children of all ages and by encouraging them when they are young, with any luck they'll develop a lifelong love of the kitchen and food, as well as skills they can use throughout adulthood.
from £10

Saturday Kitchen for Children

The popular Saturday Kitchen for Children is suitable for children aged 7 – 12 years and is great budding chefs. It runs on Saturdays plus over the school holidays at St Davids Wellbeing, St Davids. The children have fun learning to cook new dishes from scratch, whilst improving their practical life skills and independence in the kitchen.
from £15

Cooking for Adults

Love Nutritious Food offer monthly hands-on workshops and looks at teaching healthy recipes using local, seasonal products, where possible.  Each workshop will cover a different theme, such as, A Taste of Italy, Gluten Free Baking, Raw Food, Vegan Feasts, and will use different ingredients, skills and techniques.

Each workshop provides a general overview of the properties of certain foods and how these can be used to support health through home cooking with nutritious and fresh ingredients. You will make and sample some delicious snacks and dishes during a fun packed workshop, with plenty of samples to take home!

from £25
Author - Sally Boyton

Author - Sally Boyton

Founder of Life Seeker, passionate about West Wales, living simply and inspiring others to find happiness through positive living. Trained designer. Marketing specialist.

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