Promoting The Mission For Better Food In Devon

Promoting The Mission For Better Food In Devon

Mon 03 Jun 2013

Story by Claire Morgan-Hughes

Food Revolution Day, created by Jamie Oliver, on 17 May was a global day of action for people to make a stand for good food and essential cooking skills and raise awareness about the importance of good food and better food education for everyone by focusing on three simple actions – cook it, share it, live it. A motto that is familiar with Devon Fit Camp.

Claire Morgan-Hughes from Devon Fit Camp, one of Jamie Oliver’s Food Ambassadors who co-ordinated the events for Food Revolution Day in Ivybridge Devon, wants to inspire change in people’s food habits and to promote the mission for better food and education for everyone.

Here’s what she got up to in the days leading up to the event and the day itself.

Community College Cooking

“There was lots of work going on behind the scenes on the lead up to the Food Revolution Day. I was delighted to work with the Young Carers from Ivybridge Community College, spending the afternoon cooking DFC friendly recipes with them, showing them that it can take just a few ingredients & 15 -20 minutes to create tasty dish for the whole family. We also discussed how to plan meals, prepare foods, shopping lists and efficient cooking. We all had a great time and have had tweets about how they got on over the weekend! I’m looking forward to working with other year groups in the forthcoming weeks.

Create A Salad Competition

The children from Ermington School had fun with our “Create a salad” competition, the idea being they had to create a salad using ingredients they liked in addition to new ones. Following a tasting with a select group, 8 finalists were chosen & on 17th May, a winner was announced following a vote from all the children. All the children involved were delighted with their gifts of recipe cards and cook books and it was a real pleasure working on this project with them.

Handpicked Dishes

My Kitchen, a café in Ivybridge & Devon Fit Camp joined forces to promote Food Revolution Day and so visitors could join in the celebrations by enjoying one of our specially handpicked dishes from our Devon Fit Camp inspired menu over the weekend.

Taster Market

Thank you to you all who joined us and got involved at the Taster Market on 17th May in Ivybridge. Our friends from the Ivybridge Fish Company, had a wonderful BBQ going and cooked BBQ prawns in a salad pitta, Gribbles the butchers were fantastic and encouraged our guests to make their own burgers choosing their flavours before it was cooked on a fire-pit, Simply Moorish created gluten free soups ready for the lunchtime rush! Everyone really got into the spirit of the Day.

My company, Devon Fit Camp provided delicious tasty treats such a healthy carrot cake, hummus and oatcakes, not to mention a fresh fruit bowl and savoury scones to name but a few, but all within our nutritional ethos of clean eating!

I’m genuinely delighted with how the local community has got involved. We had lots of fun and it really was fantastic to spread the word about how easy it is to easy eat, cook meals from scratch and give ourselves a chance when it comes to health and our future health, a real echo of DFC ethos.

There are more events on the agenda, including another cookathon with a group of 11 year old boys and an educational talk about the amount of sugar in drinks and how what we eat impacts our bodies. If you’d like to know how you can get involved, please contact us:

About the author: Claire Morgan-Hughes, launched her fitness company, Devon Fit Camp in April 2011 after she took a career break from an Oncology Nursing sister to have her children. Her lifetime passion for health and fitness led her to train as a personal trainer; this was channelled into a business she’d always dreamed of and in April 2011 Devon Fit Camp became a reality. The ethos of Devon Fit Camp is simple – fresh air fitness is fun! DFC is a friendly fitness camp where we train outdoor to regain health, fitness, self esteem and confidence to name but a few! Full nutritonal support is provided together with lifestule tips and of course great training getting you into superb shape.


Website / Twitter: @CMorgan_Hughes


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