Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute (CITTI) culinary arts lecturer Sam Timoko decided it would be a great idea to adopt a school for the Ministry of Agriculture’s World Food Day at the Punanga Nui market.
Titikaveka College was the school chosen as they were not involved in the event unlike the other two high schools on Rarotonga, said Timoko.
Timoko decided to promote the idea of ‘healthy food, healthy kids, healthy future’ through the project.
“I called the Ministry of Agriculture to let them know what we were doing and they passed me on to William Wigmore who organised and sponsored product from growers around the Island.”
The team was given fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, bokchoy, green pawpaw, and eggplant so they cup up all the vegetables in to thin strips.
They marinated some chicken and poached it off in a master stock then soaked vermicelli noodles in the stock and turned the whole thing in to a very healthy wrap, said Timoko.
“As we were serving – giving away – 200 portions of healthy wraps, some adults started coming up and asking if they could buy some so we charged $2 per wrap and turned over $200.
“I decided that the best use of this money would be to donate it back to the school for educational purposes.”
Engaging with schools is important for CITTI said Timoko.
“Getting kids excited about healthy food is not the easiest of tasks however, the more we work with high schools the more we can assist and staircase those kids not going to university in to any of the trades we provide.”
World Food Day was held on Friday October 16.