MasterChef winner Kate Bracks will share some of her award winning knowledge at a workshop at the Glenroi Community Centre on Monday.
Mrs Bracks won the 2011 season of the high rating television show and will lead a healthy eating presentation at the Love Food Hate Waste Nutritious and Delicious Workshop between 10am and noon.
The focus of the workshop will be on how to prepare delicious healthy meals for the family while reducing food waste, saving time and saving money.
The workshop will be a collaboration between NetWaste and the Cancer Council and Mrs Bracks said similar workshops at the Glenroi Community Centre in Garema Road were fruitful with people still using the recipes months afterwards.
She said there were several benefits to learning how to cook healthy home-made meals.
“You are able to control food waste and use things in the fridge,” Mrs Bracks said.
“By cooking for yourself you can also control your nutrition.
“Fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods are not only nutritious but can be a delicious and really economical basis for family meals – and we want to show parents easy ways to prepare nutritious, value-for-money meals that taste great.
“Limiting or avoiding processed and packaged foods is a great way to save money and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.”
Mrs Bracks said she will demonstrate how to make healthy home cooked meals at the workshop and there will also be a hands-on component as well as tips for preparing and storing food.
Cancer Council Western Region Community Programs coordinator Camilla Thompson said adding more fruit and vegetables to the diet was also an ideal way to reduce cancer risk.
“Kate’s food and cooking expertise, combined with her passion for the importance of reducing food waste without compromising on nutrition, is a great asset,” she said.
“Evidence shows that one in three cancer cases could be prevented with healthier lifestyle choices.
“Poor diet, being overweight, not doing enough physical activity and drinking too much alcohol collectively contribute to nearly as many cancer cases as smoking.”
Places are limited and bookings are essential. To register phone Sue Clarke on 0400 336 508 or Camilla Thompson on 6392 0804.