Witzenhausen elementary school students learn to cook

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From: Hannah Koellen

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Cooking with joy: the 3rd grade students at the Kesper School in Witzenhausen.  Together with Michael Weise (back left) they prepare vegetable soup in the kitchen bus in the school yard.
Cooking with joy: the 3rd grade students at the Kesper School in Witzenhausen. Together with Michael Weise (back left) they prepare vegetable soup in the kitchen bus in the school yard. © HANNAH KÖLEN

The students at the Kesperschule Witzenhausen chop potatoes, carrots, celery, leeks and leeks. For lunch, fresh vegetable soup is on the menu.

Witzenhausen – Ten 3rd grade students sit together in the cooking bus that visits the elementary school in Witzenhausen for three days. The two-story building, which has been converted into a cooking and baking bus, is a proposal from the Essen Knowledge Foundation Eildermann in Berlin. It is led by Michael Weise, who travels all over Germany by bus. “I also go to high schools and even kindergartens,” Weise says. His youngest guest on the cooking bus was only a year old. The goal is to introduce children to healthy eating as early as possible. This is also the reason why Claudia Küster from the health insurance fund (BKK) of the Werra-Meißner company ordered the cooker. The BKK bears the costs for the project. “It’s great that the kids can cook and experience healthy foods in such a unique atmosphere,” says Küster.

In the last two years, due to the coronary pandemic, there have been hardly any reserves for the cooking bus, says Weise, who is a trained bricklayer. He received further training in baking and cooking through the Essen Knowledge Foundation Eildermann and the Bakers Guild. He has been traveling the cooking and baking bus through the republic for five years.

During the day, Weise runs five small groups in his kitchen bus. Herb quark is prepared for breakfast in the morning, vegetable soup is served at lunch and Weise prepares a refreshing ginger lemonade with the afternoon group. “Soups are best to prepare with the children. But we also offer other meals, ”says Weise.

Food is completely regional

The children eagerly help with the preparations. They are all initially equipped with an apron and a chef’s hat. Most people already know how to use a vegetable peeler and a cutting knife. “When we cook at home, I’m usually allowed to chop,” says 9-year-old Martha.

It is particularly important to Weise that the food comes from the region. He sends the menu to the schools so that they can show any allergies or intolerances of the students before he comes to visit with the cookbook. Sausages are also added to the vegetable soup. “But we don’t put them in the big soup bowl, but directly on the students’ plates.” In this way, children who are vegetarian or who do not eat pork are also considered.

After cooking together, we eat together

We take care of up to 15 children at a time. He plans a good hour of preparation time for each group. The meal prepared by the group is then tasted together.

In the coming days the bus will also stop at the Gelstertal School in Hundelshausen and the Lindenhof School in Gertenbach. That was an important point for Claudia Küster: All three elementary schools in the city should have the opportunity to get to know the cooking bus. “It’s important for us to invest the money locally.” Schools are welcome to contact the BKK if they are interested in the offer.

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