Cook It! Food Writers Guild Pizza Event for children

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Cook It! Food Writers Guild Pizza Event for children
Date: 28 February 2004

As part of the Guild of Food Writers Children's Campaign (for further general details see below), television chef and Guild member Rosemary Shrager will be holding a 'Pizza Detail' for children aged 8-14 years at the cookery school at Swinton Park in Masham, North Yorkshire, on 3rd and 4th April from 10 am-1 pm.

There'll be a fun, hands-on workshop, during which children will make their pizzas from scratch. They'll learn how to make pizza dough, prepare vegetables, taste different cheeses and can choose their own toppings, under the expert guidance of Rosemary Shrager. All the ingredients will be supplied by Swinton Park and the event is free of charge.

Afterwards the children can enjoy their tasty pizzas for lunch at the cookery school.

Places are limited to 14 children for each workshop and demand is sure to be high, so must be booked in advance.

To book telephone Swinton Park on 01765 680900

Rosemary Shrager is a talented and versatile chef who loves talking about food as much as she loves cooking. She is a natural extrovert and communicator whose professional career includes a period working for Pierre Koffman at the internationally famous Tante Claire restaurant in London and also a period working for Jean-Christophe Novelli. Both her preparation and presentation are outstanding.

Rosemary was Head Chef at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle from 1998 till 2002, running her renowned cookery course for hundreds of eager students over the four years. Her first cookery book, Rosemary - Castle Cook was published in 2001. Described by food writer Michael Raffael as "an object lesson in handling the finest produce" (Caterer and Hotelkeeper February 2001).

In the summer of 2000, the television production company Wall to Wall brought six students to Amhuinnsuidhe and filmed them taking part in one of Rosemary's cookery courses. The six part series, Rosemary - Castle Cook was broadcast on Channel 5 and led to a second series, Rosemary on the Road, also Channel 5. In between all this and running her cookery school, Rosemary has worked on a number of other television projects including an eight part contribution to the Carlton TV series Nosh.

THE GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS' DIRECT ACTION TO TACKLE CHILDHOOD OBESITY

With childhood obesity the focus of national attention, the Guild of Food Writers' 2004 children's cooking campaign is startlingly prescient and, significantly, offers positive direct action to tackle the issues at heart by encouraging children (and their parents) to understand food and learn to cook: key to pursuing a healthier diet.

"A growing number of children simply don't know what fresh raw ingredients look like, nor where they come from because their diets are based on processed fast food and ready meals. We aim to awaken their curiosity in "real" food and demonstrate, by example, that cooking is fun and delicious," says spokesperson food writer Sue Lawrence.

Guild of Food Writer members including chefs Mark Hix of The Ivy and Peter Gordon of Providores, and committed "celebrity" chefs alongside more than 50 food writers will be offering demonstrations, taste trials and school visits throughout the country all year as part of the campaign.

For details on events taking place in the North of England, contact food writer/cookery consultant/Guild member Carol Wilson on 0151 342 1809 carol-wilson@beeb.net