Read, bake and dig in to Cooks & Kids 3 – OUT NEXT WEEK

MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace has co-edited Cooks & Kids 3, the third in a series of cookbooks which sees enthusiastic young cooks team up with top chefs to bring their recipes to life.

The brainchild of the National Fostering Agency Group (NFA), the Cooks & Kids initiative challenges children and young people aged 6-18 to create their favourite recipes for a chance to cook them with a top chef and have it featured in the Cooks & Kids cookbook. The project is both a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen and teach them about cooking and healthy eating while at the same time making cooking fun.

This summer, the children and young people from NFA teamed up with Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Jr., Cyrus Todiwala, Chris Lee, Aldo Zilli, MasterChef winners Simon Wood and Ping Coombes, and previous Celebrity MasterChef contestants Wayne Sleep and Sophie Thompson to cook up their winning recipes and offer MasterChef style feedback on the meal.

Cooks & Kids 3 has a range of delicious, nutritious and creative recipes including Teriyaki Chicken, Cheesy Burger Bird Nests, Handmade Tagliatelle, Paella, Strawberry Cheesecake and Ginger and Lime Cake. Children can now re-create these dishes at home, with over 50 easy-to-follow recipes, full instructions and colour photographs to help them on their way.

All royalties from the sale of Cooks & Kids 3 will be donated to Place2Be, a charity which provides emotional and therapeutic services in 257 primary and secondary schools nationwide.

Gregg Wallace says ‘What a sense of adventure in the tastes and styles at the Cooks & Kids photo shoot days. I tasted nearly one hundred amazing creations and, do you know, I loved them all. There were some real stars, but I will let you cook some of the dishes and work those out for yourself.’

Andrew Isaac of NFA Group says ‘ Cooks & Kids has always been based on  ‘time and talent’  with Cooks & Kids 3 being bigger and better than ever before, thanks in no small part to Gregg Wallace’s sheer determination to make a real difference and encourage everyone to join in the fun whilst helping NFA create an awareness of the great work foster carers do.’

Iain Anderson, NFA’s Group Chief Executive says ‘We are extremely proud of our Cooks & Kids series. We have some amazing foster carer families who support children through some very challenging times and to have foster children and birth children take part in this project and have the opportunity to cook with some great chefs has been fantastic.’

Dame Benita Refson of Place2Be says ‘Children are the heart of everything we and the NFA do. We both support children who are facing tough, challenging times. The funds raised through Cooks & Kids 3 will help us to reach even more vulnerable children and their families.’