We were delighted when Leith Walk Primary School came in to attend a ‘Beat The Takeaway Challenge’ at Howies Waterloo.

Part of the Scottish Government’s Food for Thought Programme, pupils and their parents were shown how to make a tasty, nutritious meal  in less time than it would take to order a takeaway. Howies Waterloo Head Chef Richard Paton led the session which focused on cooking with fresh, affordable produce whilst up against the clock with an order at a local takeaway.

Richard is passionate about encouraging healthy eating with fresh ingredients , saying “It’s an absolute pleasure for Howies to host this session and it’s the first of several we intend on holding.

I’ve been involved in promoting healthy cooking in several areas across the city for over 20-years. It’s great to be able to teach kids the importance of making the most of fresh ingredients, which are accessible and affordable, rather than reverting to processed takeaways.”

The Food for Thought Programme is a Scottish Government initiative that aims to encourage healthier eating habits from nursery, primary and secondary school age groups.