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De Vere Venues create future culinary stars in association with The National Fostering Agency

De Vere Venues’ Executive Chef John Woodward
De Vere Venues’ Executive Chef John Woodward has announced the release of Cooks & Kids Too, his second cookery book in conjunction with The National Fostering Agency (NFA) with all profits going to charity Place2Be, the leading UK provider of school-based mental health support for children.

John, who led a team of talented De Vere Venues’ chefs, in addition to working with celebrity culinary stars Rick Stein, James Martin and Sophie Dahl, created a cook-book with a difference, each recipe having been submitted by children looked after by the NFA, as well as birth children from some of the fantastic foster families the NFA supports.  

Tasty and above all, fun, dishes featured in Cooks & Kids Too include a Roast Beef Sundae, served in the style of an ice-cream, and delicious Tutti-Fruity-Beauty Scones.  

John and his team worked with a number of De Vere Venues’ valued food and beverage suppliers including Fairfax Meadow, EBLEX, Fresh Direct and M&J Seafood, hosting a series of child-friendly culinary master-classes at De Vere Venues’ properties nationwide.    

The children worked with the De Vere Venues team to create each of their dishes, who in turn showed the smaller chefs how to prepare their recipes safely and offered expert tips on making each plate look and taste delicious.   

As well as picking up a number of hints from De Vere Venues’ chefs, the kids took to the great outdoors, visiting an asparagus farm, lambing farm and enjoying a day out at Billingsgate Fish Market, London.  

On the project, John Woodward comments; "De Vere Venues is famously fanatical about food, delivering thousands of first class dishes to its guests each day. It was only natural that I, and the rest of the De Vere Venues team, leapt at the chance to be involved with the Cooks & Kids Too initiative after the success of the original Cooks & Kids cookery-book."  

"Each day was truly inspirational for the team, with the children learning what it’s like to work in a professional kitchen environment and the skills required to receive qualifications and a career within the hospitality industry. In addition, all the chefs and suppliers involved gained huge satisfaction from spending time passing on their skills and knowledge to such a deserving group of youngsters. We feel exceptionally honoured to have been involved in the creation of Cooks & Kids Too."

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