Masterchef with an umu twist

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By SAM DUFF

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.

Photo: SAM DUFF

Healthy eat­ing: From left, Ira Si­a­hame, 3, Esariah Sakaria, 4, and Leilah To’o, 4, get to work in the kitchen.

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