Mini chefs aim to get families hooked on fish

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 19 Nov 2018

NEW research has revealed that parents are limited to six or fewer dishes to cook from scratch because they worry children won’t finish their food - prompting action from a Grimsby seafood giant.

Nearly half those polled have less than one meal for every day of the week – and with fish and chips not featuring.

Now a panel of mini chefs and critics – The Youngsters – has been pulled together by Young’s as it seeks to encourage more consumption of the town’s prime export, while making meal times happier and a result of clean plates all round.

Recipes are now compiled, designed to be quick and easy for families to make, using common store cupboard ingredients found in everyone’s kitchen, based around the Grimsby-produced Chip Shop range.

The panel of six includes the children of the founders of leading parenting advice websites, Toby and Roo and Actually Mummy. They have worked with nutritionist Dr Sarah Schenker (pictured right), who specialises in cooking for young children and tackling fussy eaters, to develop the range of recipes, and head chef at Ross House, Serge Nollent.

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It includes Becky’s Tasty Tacos, Toby’s Fish Fingers with Stuffed Peppers and Amelia’s Haddock with Fritters and Beans.

Mr Nollent (pictured below), said: “We know families love our Chip Shop range, often with chips and peas. But now our Youngsters panel have created some great new ways to eat the classic dish, helping parents feed their children with inspiring new meals.

“Every single Chip Shop recipe from The Youngsters panel has been given the seal of approval by child nutritionist Dr Sarah Schenker, so not only are these meals loved by children across the country, they are good for them too.”

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Further questions of the 1,500 -strong survey found that just four per cent of children help out with the cooking at home on most days of the week. Almost half – 47 per cent – join in somewhere between once a week and once a month. And one in five children – 19 per cent - never help out at all.

Dr Schenker,said: “What’s great about these recipes is that not only have they been created and tested by children but that they contain plenty of the important nutrients that children need to grow, develop and stay healthy.

“The Young’s recipes have all been rigorously tested by The Youngsters panel and come highly recommended from the fussiest of taste buds!”

The most popular culinary efforts were found to include spaghetti bolognese, roasts, sausage and mash, pizza, curry, pasta bake and burgers.

Dr Schenker added: “We were surprised to see that fish and chips is not in the nation’s top 10 recipes at home, despite it being such a simple way to get omega three - an essential source of fatty acid found in fish - into children’s diets. The Youngsters Chip Shop recipes are packed full of vitamins that boost immunity, benefit bone health and keep eyes healthy.”

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