2023 International Chefs Day – Nestlé Professional Inspires The Next  Generation Of Chefs  

2023 International Chefs Day – Nestlé Professional Inspires The Next  Generation Of Chefs  

by Arikawe Femi
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2023 International Chefs Day – Nestlé Professional Inspires The Next  Generation Of Chefs


…Empowering Tomorrow’s Culinary Stars


By: People’s Voice Nigeria | News


Commemorating the 2023 International Chef’s Day, 50 children from Nestlé for  Healthier Kids (N4HK) beneficiary schools in Sagamu, Ogun State, had an immersive cooking experience with Nestlé Professional. The Company believes  that encouraging children to be creative with food motivates them to try out  healthier food options.


Every year on International Chefs Day, Nestlé Nigeria and the Association of Professional Chefs Nigeria bring children together to participate in the creation of new recipes  including fruits and vegetables. The immersive events allow the children bring  their personal touch and innovative ideas to the discovery of new ways of  enjoying food without compromising nutrition.


The Association of Professional Chefs Nigeria has partnered with Nestlé over the  years in the company’s efforts to raise awareness about the importance of  maintaining healthy diets to help people imbibe positive eating habits for  healthier lives.


According to worldchefs.org, this year’s International Chefs Day celebration  themed, ‘Growing Great Chefs,’ aims to ignite the imaginations of children,  encouraging them to explore the wonderful world of flavors, textures, and  cultures found in culinary arts through early exposure to the art of cooking.


Speaking at the event, Funmi Osineye, Business Manager, Nestlé Professional,  said, “International Chefs Day provides us a unique opportunity to collaborate  with teachers and guardians to enrich the nutrition knowledge of children within  the communities where we live and work. We know that good food enables  good life, and that habits imbibed early in life stay a lifetime with us. We are  therefore delighted to work with the Association of Professional Chefs Nigeria to  introduce children to the exciting world of culinary arts. Today’s hands-on  experience will help them recall the lessons learned in the N4HK in-class  sessions and who knows, in line with this year’s theme, we might just have great  future chefs among us here today!”



Chef Belinda Esoimeme, representing the Association of Professional Chefs  Nigeria said, “We are excited to spend this time with children teaching them the  benefits of a healthy diet in a fun way. Prior to now, the focus was on particular  careers like Medicine, Engineering and Law which are great careers. However, it  is personally fulfilling for me to see young kids indicate interest in joining our  noble profession. This hands-on experience will remain with them for a long  time. Every year, Nestlé Professional continues to raise the bar through it’s investment in the food service industry especially by supporting the  development of Chefs and inspiring the next generation of Chefs. Giving children  an opportunity to be involved in food is a necessary first step in raising the next  generation of great chefs!”


The International Chef’s Day event program included various activities like the  Junior Master Chef practical session which thrilled the children!  Guided by the chefs, the children were challenged to complete cooking tasks by  adding their personal touch to recipes. The showcase and presentation of their  creations were the highlights for the enthusiastic aspiring chefs.


One of the participants, Favour Elum, a Primary 5 student of Wesley School 1,  Oko, Sagamu, expressed her excitement on being selected to be part of the  event, her first time on a factory tour. According to her, cooking with her team  members and the chefs was so much fun and she now looks forward to cooking  with her Mum at home and to sharing what she has learnt with her friends in  school.


The children were encouraged to share their learning and to take part in  preparing meals with their families. Each participant received fruit coloring books  courtesy of Nestlé Professionals, to serve as reminders of the fruits and  vegetables used during the session.



This event is one of the ways Nestlé Nigeria contributes to its goal of helping 50  million children globally live healthier lives, through the Nestlé for Healthier Kids  program, a global flagship initiative.


Since 2014, Nestlé and the Association of Professional Chefs Nigeria have  partnered to deliver this laudable initiative to encourage children to form  healthier nutrition habits for a healthier future.


About Nestlé Nigeria:

Nestlé Nigeria is one of the largest food and beverage companies in Africa. The Company’s purpose is  to unlock the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone today and for generations to come. For over 62 years of its operation in Nigeria, Nestlé has delighted consumers around Nigeria by  consistently delivering high quality nutritious food and beverages under its iconic brands: MAGGI, MILO, GOLDEN MORN, NESTLÉ PURELIFE, CERELAC, NESCAFÉ and NIDO.


With 3 manufacturing sites, 7 branch offices and a head office located in Lagos, Nestlé Nigeria is a force  for good, helping to improve the wellbeing and livelihood of individuals and families to build thriving  communities while taking action to protect the planet


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