Chris Lee Launches Cooks & Kids In Hackney School

Chris, who has a 3 AA Rosette status at the award winning Bildeston Crown in Suffolk, is one of 11 top chefs, who got together with enthusiastic youngsters and some tasty ingredients, to create Cooks and Kids. The book is the brainchild of the National Fostering Agency (NFA), one of the most experienced and long established fostering agencies in the United Kingdom.

Chris was joined by John Woodward, Executive Head Chef for de Vere Hotels and Venues, who helped sort the recipes into a practical and workable series of dishes that could become part of the book. Also there was Katie Kennedy, who worked with Chris Lee to develop her samosas that are featured in the book.

Royalties from the book will go to Magic Breakfast, a food charity ensuring children at Kingsmead get a nutritious start to the day by providing breakfasts. The charity helps more than 5,000 children at schools in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and Rotherham.

Among the other leading chefs who took part are Lisa Allen, from BBC Two’s Great British Menu; Tom Kerridge, a regular on the Good Food Channel’s Market Kitchen; and leading Indian cuisine chef Atul Kochhar.

The pictures contained in the 96 pages of Cooks & Kids clearly demonstrate the fun that was had by children and chefs alike. Among the tasty recipes are Macie’s fairy cakes, Rebecca’s Dahl and Almonds, Alyssa’s dairy free apricot rock cakes and Dylan’s Sunday leftovers Risotto.

The aim of the book is to improve children’s knowledge and understanding of nutrition and healthy eating, while at the same time having plenty of fun. The NFA is also highlighting the crucial need to encourage more people to come forward as foster carers.

Chris Lee said: “It was wonderful to be involved with such a great initiative for cooking with the children and serving up a magic breakfast. I have been delighted to be involved with the project.”

Carmel McConnell, founder of Magic Breakfast, said: “Cooks and Kids is a fantastic book, not only because of the great recipes and ideas but also because it is for kids and by kids.”

Cooks and Kids, published by Graffeg, is on sale at Waterstones, WH Smith and all good bookshops or on line at or from Further details can be found at