Prior to working at East Tāmaki School as the Kitchen Specialist I was a chef for many years, an organic/biodynamic viticulturist and winemaker, then had my own business growing organic vegetable seedlings, microgreens and edible flowers.
It is my privilege to be part of the team at East Tāmaki and to share my knowledge with the children. The Garden to Table programme is such a great way to gain life skills, learning while having fun. I try to create recipes that the children can easily replicate at home, incorporating their ideas and foods from a range of countries, while using the wonderful produce from our gardens. Lessons include the origin of vegetables and nutrition, set to inspire healthy eating. Along with learning kitchen skills, food preparation, hygiene and manners, literature, maths and science are also incorporated. Our kitchen is very well equipped, so they also have the opportunity to use equipment and appliances that may not be familiar to them. The children develop confidence and enthusiasm while working together as a team, along with one of our wonderful volunteers to guide them.
It is incredibly rewarding for all of us. Growing , cooking, sharing and having fun!