Hillstreet Shopping Centre is celebrating the extra-long weekend this Spring Bank with some good old fashioned family fun.
Children, parents and members of the community from Marton and Nunthorpe are getting ready to compete against budding cooks from across the country in a healthy cooking challenge.
St Bernadette’s RC Primary’s Let’s Get Cooking club will pit its members and supporters against clubs around England in a bid to get the most people cooking the same healthy recipe on the same day.
The BIG Cookathon on Thursday, March 8, is organised by national healthy cooking programme Let’s Get Cooking and is aiming to beat last year’s success when more than 50,000 people took part.
St Bernadette’s Let’s Get Cooking Club will be making Five Vegetable Curry for a chance to win a share of £5,000 in prize money, with each class choosing two secret ingredients for their fantastic creation.
Let’s Get Cooking Club co-ordinator Sharon Pemberton said: “It’s a massive challenge to have so many people cooking all on the same day, but we’re determined to help Let’s Get Cooking notch up its biggest total yet and to get even more people cooking in Middlesbrough.”
The event at St. Bernadette’s will kick off at 11am for preparation with cooking under way from 1.30pm and judging at 2.30pm. More than 250 people are expected to take part.
Led by the School Food Trust, Let’s Get Cooking provides training, resources and support to help set up healthy cooking programmes for people of all ages.
Let’s Get Cooking has established England’s biggest network of healthy, school-based cooking clubs for children and families with support from a £20m grant from the BIG Lottery - reaching more than 1 million people.
Evaluation shows that than half of people taking part in this schools-based initiative (58%) report eating a healthier diet after learning to cook with Let’s Get Cooking.