“Shorno Chef,” a cooking show for young cooks, promotes healthy eating and clean cooking habits

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Aspiring young chefs from across Bangladesh develop their cooking skills in “Shorno Chef”, a new TV cooking show co-created by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and UNICEF to inspire healthy eating habits adolescents and their families.

The cooking show featuring teen chefs ages 12-17 who compete in a different cooking challenge each week airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. on Duronto TV. UNICEF Bangladesh airs a new episode on its Facebook page and YouTube channel every Saturday at 8:00 p.m., a press release read.

At the end of each episode, their dishes are evaluated for both their nutritional value and their taste by a jury composed of a professional chef and a nutritionist.

“Rising nutrition in Bangladesh is enshrined in our country’s first constitution. Since then, the government of Bangladesh has been working in this direction. nutrition and teaching them from an early age to cook not only hearty meals but also nutritious meals,” said Dr SM Mustafizur Rahman, Line Manager, National Nutrition Services, Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Lack of a varied diet of vegetables, fruits, and proteins such as eggs, fish, meat, and legumes can last a long time and hamper a child’s cognitive development, school readiness, school performance, and performance. learning and life opportunities.

Bangladesh suffers from multiple consequences of malnutrition. 28% of children suffer from chronic malnutrition and 1 child in 10 suffers from acute malnutrition, notes a press release.

“Shorno Chef aims to help teens make healthy and nutritious food choices by instilling the joy of cooking and the joy of healthy eating. Unfortunately, many teens don’t have the opportunity to eat enough nutritious foods and others eat too many unhealthy foods. At the end of the day, it’s a balanced diet that teenagers also like to eat and that will help them reach their full potential,” said UNICEF Representative Sheldon Yett. in Bangladesh.

The program also encourages healthier cooking fuels such as electricity or cooking gas instead of firewood.

“The Clean Cooking Alliance is pleased to partner with UNICEF and the Government of Bangladesh to help young people learn about the benefits of clean cooking, which can improve the health of millions of young people around the world,” said Asna Towfiq, policy manager at the Clean Kitchen Alliance.

“Educating and empowering young people as changemakers and innovators is key to advancing access to clean cooking. We wish the show and the amazing participants every success on their journey,” she added. .

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