MasterChef Kate Bracks in Parkes

Parents in Parkes are being given the chance to cook with former MasterChef winner and Central West woman Kate Bracks.

It’s all in a bid to improve Parkes families’ health and reduce ingredients going to landfill.

Cancer Council NSW, in partnership with regional waste and resource management group NetWaste, is bringing a free Love Food Hate Waste “Nutritious and Delicious” workshop to the Parkes Girl Guides Hall on Monday, May 29.

Kate is also an ambassador for the Cancer Council’s flagship nutrition program Eat It To Beat It, which helps families eat more fruit and vegetables for better health and cancer prevention.

The Love Food Hate Waste project includes free, interactive cooking classes with Kate in communities across Western NSW including Parkes, Orange, Narromine, Wellington and Gilgandra.

She will show parents how easy it is to prepare delicious and healthy meals for the family, while reducing food waste and saving time and money.

The workshop also includes tips for preparing and storing food that is good for the family’s health, the environment and the hip pocket.

As an added bonus, all attendees get to take home lots of great free resources where you can put your new learnings into practice.

“Fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods are not only nutritious but can be a delicious and really economical basis for family meals – and we want to show parents easy ways to prepare nutritious, value-for-money meals that taste great,” Kate said.

“Limiting or avoiding processed and packaged foods is a great way to save money and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.”

Cancer Council Western Region Community Programs Coordinator Camilla Thompson is thrilled to have Kate on board.

“Kate’s food and cooking expertise, combined with her passion for the importance of reducing food waste without compromising on nutrition, is a great asset,” she said.

Adding more fruit and vegetables to the diet is also an ideal way to reduce cancer risk.

“Evidence shows that one in three cancer cases could be prevented with healthier lifestyle choices,” Camilla said.

“Poor diet, being overweight, not doing enough physical activity and drinking too much alcohol collectively contribute to nearly as many cancer cases as smoking.”

Involving the whole family in preparing meals is a great way for parents of fussy eaters to entice their children to eat fruit and vegetables too.

Places are strictly limited with preference given to families with young children.

Bookings for this workshop are essential. For more information or to register for the workshop contact Sue Clarke on 0400 336 508.

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