Crafty Chefs, owned by Morag Price and Nicola Mundy, two mothers from Surrey (United Kingdom), offers cooking courses and parties for children, with a special focus on food allergic children. Morag has experience working in multiple school settings, having worked as a classroom assistant and as a nursery school cook, where her interest in cooking really blossomed. Nicola has over 13 years of experience working in the field of public health with children and teenagers. In addition, one of Nicola's children is allergic to milk, eggs, nuts and sesame seeds. Their shared interests in cooking with children inspired them to open Crafty Chefs in September 2007.
I came across Crafty Chefs during my seemingly never-ending search for nut-free and peanut-free gingerbread houses and gingerbread house kits, which up until a day or two ago were unavailable in the U.S. Crafty Chefs' website was particularly appealing because they sell allergen free cooking kits. I also like how they believe that cooking and eating food should be fun, and that food allergies should not prevent a child from enjoying food. There are many items available for sale on their website, including:
- dairy free pizza
- egg and dairy free biscuits and cakes
- egg and dairy free banana bread
- dairy and egg free gingermen
- dairy, egg and nut free gingerbread chalet
Children can attend one of Crafty Chefs' workshops and make their gingerbread house on-site in Haslemere on December 20, 2008. It sounds like a lot of fun for everyone! Those unable to attend can purchase a kit and make the gingerbread house at home. Everything is prepared in Nicola's nut-free, milk-free, egg-free and sesame-free home. No ingredients bearing the warning "may contains" or "may contain traces of" are ever used. No nuts are ever used. When a food allergic child attends a Crafty Chefs class, allergen free ingredients are used for the entire class.
For more information, please visit the Crafty Chefs website at http://shop.buddingbakers.co.uk/. For those of you in the U.K., the telephone number is 01428 648663/653251.
Wouldn't it be nice to find allergen-free cooking classes for children in the U.S. and Canada too? If you know of some, please send us a comment!