Masterchef with an umu twist
Healthy eating was the winner on the day at a Masterchef- type cookoff at Toru Fetu kindergarten on Friday.
The Seeds of Hope Masterchef cook-off helped to wrap up the annual Strong Pacific Families week.
Five Porirua kindergartens entered teams, which were then faced with the challenge of preparing a meal to be cooked on a traditional umu.
Event organiser Faalogo Vaai said the day was to spread the word about healthy eating and to get children involved in cooking.
‘‘Food is how we bring people together,’’ he said. ‘‘ We wanted parents to think, ‘What can I do as a parent?’’’ he said.
The judges said the food was assessed on nutrition levels, creativity and how traditional it was.
The winning group was Mungavin Kindergarten, which made pork belly and raw fish.
Mr Faalogo said last year some of the childcare centres planted vegetable gardens and that food was used on the day.
Parent Natalia Muoz said she loved Pacific Island food and thought it was important to learn about healthy eating.
‘‘It is all about healthy eating, so we must teach the children how to eat properly,’’ she said.
Mr Vaai said the Strong Pacific Families week was about bringing the community together and promoting healthy families.
‘‘At the end of the day it is what can we do to invigorate families and to shift them away from the current status,’’ he said.
Activities during Strong Pacific Families week included the Aaradhna concert, and workshops on fitness and financial planning.
‘‘It’s a means to educate families and children,’’ he said.
On Saturday Strong Pacific Families organised a food bank appeal in which they drove trucks throughout Porirua seeking food contributions.
Healthy eating: From left, Ira Siahame, 3, Esariah Sakaria, 4, and Leilah To’o, 4, get to work in the kitchen.