Mexa Thermal teams up with ITV eat them to defeat them campaign

ITV - Veg Power

Mexa Thermal teams up with ITV 'eat them to defeat them' campaign

 

Mexa Thermal has proudly teamed up with ITV Veg Power, supplying Mobile Cook Stations to Lambeth's primary schools as part of the 'eat them to defeat them' campaign.
Cook School helped Key Stage 2 children learn recipes showcasing vegetables and taught the skills to re-create them at home. Over 3,000 Lambeth school children have trained to cook with vegetables using the Mexa Thermal Mobile Cook Stations provided by Lambeth Council and paid for by the sugar tax revenue.
The VEG POWER fund was established in 2018 by TV chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall in an attempt to tackle the rise of childhood obesity and diet-related illnesses in the UK. Recent research by The Food Foundation revealed that 96% of teenagers and 80% of primary school-age children do not eat enough vegetables.
Primary schools across the country are taking the initiative to teach children how to cook and try new vegetable recipes using the Mobile Cook Station. Mexa Thermal cook stations are designed primarily with school children's safety in mind. With its ultra safe triple glazed Slide and Hide oven door and a cool to the touch state of the art induction hob, makes this the safest cook station on the market today. The full range of cook stations can be effortlessly manoeuvred down corridors, through classroom doorways and plugs straight into any 13amp socket, making the Mexa Thermal cook station the wise purchase for all schools.

 

 

Primary School Obesity

Schools should stop telling parents how to raise their children, Ofsted report says.

There is no evidence to suggest that teachers’ attempts to “influence” parents makes children healthier.

Schools should stop telling parents how to raise their children and focus on cooking lessons and PE to tackle obesity, an Ofsted report has found.

There is no evidence to suggest that teachers’ attempts to “influence” parents makes children healthier, according to the schools watchdog.

Inspectors visited 60 primary schools around the country as part of a study into whether school are having an impact on levels of childhood obesity.

The report concluded that schools should concentrate on improving existing provision such as cooking lessons and PE. Teachers should not waste time on endeavours that  go “beyond their core educational role” as this may lead to “unintended consequences”, the report warned.

“How much workload is being created in planning and delivering events around health that parents struggle to attend?” the report said.

“One of the most striking things from the evidence given to us by schools is how much effort is being put into activities designed to influence parents without any evidence that they either have an impact or are what parents want.”

The report does say that parents want to see more time in the curriculum for cooking lessons and PE.

Parents most commonly said that cooking activities during the school day (28%of parents) and lessons about healthy eating (32%) were the ways in which pupils were taught about healthy eating. Unfortunately only (26%) of children are actually offered the activity "Cooking".

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspector, said that schools cannot provide a "silver bullet" to tackle childhood obesity.

Schools can help encourage cooking, healthy lifestyles and exercise as part of the curriculum, but they must not be expected to address all aspects of the problem, she said.

The Ofsted report comes just weeks after the Government published the second chapter of its childhood obesity strategy, which called for a united effort to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

It warns schools focusing on activities other than curriculum education, may fail to improve health, help children lose weight or teach them what they need to know.

In connection with the World Cancer Research Fund, Mexa Thermal is offering FREE curriculum based resources, for teaching KS1 and KS2 practical cooking lessons. This includes full colour downloadable interactive whiteboard presentations, lesson plans, recipes, worksheets and much, much more...

We also manufacture and supply a full range of mobile teaching kitchens, for use within the primary school classroom. Primarily designed for use within primary schools, the mobile teaching kitchens are safe for teachers and children alike.

Why learning to cook is an integral part of a child’s development

Today I’m going to be examining why cooking is important to a child’s educational development. With the introduction of fast food and the microwaveable meal culture, the art of traditional cooking is starting to lose its once deep roots in our society. There’s also the added problem of a lack of impetus in many schools to pro-actively push cooking as a priority. If this unfortunate turn of events continues to escalate this doesn’t look good for future generations.

 

Why is cooking important?

As children grow they develop an unavoidable relationship with food and depending on their experiences this will determine the effect it has on them in later life. Cooking can help children learn about the benefits healthy food can provide, in a fun and engaging way. This will hopefully encourage them to have a positive relationship with food that will continue to grow as they do.
By learning the fundamentals of cooking, children can begin to understand which foods are important to include in a balanced diet. They get the chance to see, touch, taste and fully experience the many healthy foods available to them.
The promotion in schools of home cooking can help children foster good eating habits. Home cooking is often cheaper in the long run, as preparation from scratch can allow you to ‘batch cook’ meals making it more cost effective per portion. This thinking and preparing ahead of schedule makes life easier and more manageable, without having to compromise on healthy eating. Additionally, home cooking offers a healthy and cost saving alternative to takeaways and restaurants, which are best kept as a treat.
 

What does it teach our children?

Teaching a child to prepare and cook food equips them with much more than just a practical skill, like chopping, cutting, peeling, kneading or even mixing.
Did you know that practical cookery lessons can promote other subject learning as well?
Cooking can teach mathematics; through counting, measuring and weighing ingredients. It also teaches English, as the child learns to communicate with friends and teachers. It can educate them about science, and the importance of a nutritional diet. It also explores geography, through examining where ingredients come from worldwide. It even looks at the subject of history and the origins of food from the past. All this learning packed into a simple cookery lesson, without the child even realising it. 
Teaching children to cook also provides them with the freedom to use their imagination and explore a variety of ideas, as they experiment with different flavour combinations. This ultimately results in an incredible sense of achievement and pride as they taste the final product. It also lets them touch on the concept of responsibility, which can be accomplished through the simple task of tidying up after the food has been prepared.
As the children become more involved in the cookery lessons, many of them will start to improve their social development through the building of friendships and bonds with classmates. This then becomes a safe place in the mind of the child, allowing them the freedom to make mistakes that they can easily learn from. This process alone dramatically improves their confidence, and increases the feeling of belonging, as they work together to cook healthy food.

 

The benefits it can bring

  • It supplies them with important nutritional information.
  • It can start to alter their behaviour towards food in a positive way.
  • Creating a positive association with cooking will also encourage them to try new foods and tastes.
  • It teaches practical skills that can be transferred and applied to their home life.
  • It promotes social inclusion and team work.
  • It increases confidence and a sense of achievement.
  • It teaches responsibly, respect, and appreciation.
  • It teaches our children about Maths, English, Science, Geography and History in a fun and engaging way.
  • Children learn lifelong skills that they can pass on to future generations.
  • It creates memorable moments associated with food.

Conclusion

Leaning to cook is massively important to a child’s development and the benefits it can bring can have a lasting effect into adulthood. As a culture there will always be a struggle to fight against unhealthy eating. Supplying children with the opportunity to engage in cookery lessons should be high priority for all schools to explore.
At Mexa Thermal we are passionate about encouraging schools to involve children with practical cooking, our range of cook station products help make that possible.

Practical Cooking and the Primary National Curriculum

In primary schools across the country, children are learning about what constitutes a sensible and varied diet. Many schools are participating in healthy eating initiatives and encourage nutritious snacks and lunches. As children move up to high school they begin to partake in practical cooking lessons. What many primary schools fail to realise however, is that practical cookery is a compulsory part of the key stage 2 syllabus.

The extract below is from page 183, Design and Technology, Cooking and Nutrition, Key Stage 2 (years 3, 4, 5 & 6).
  1. understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  2. prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
  3. understand seasonality and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed
Part one of this section is often widely covered. It is part two which is often overlooked. There are however consequences to overlooking it as this part of the curriculum relates to personal development, behaviour and welfare, an area which OFSTED inspect.The OFSTED inspection report states that “Inspectors will make a judgement on the personal development, behaviour and welfare of children and learners by evaluating the extent to which the provision is successfully promoting and supporting children and other learners”
The report goes on to list specific areas that are open to inspection and these include “knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy, both emotionally and physically, including through exercising and healthy eating”
Since this section of the curriculum is dealing specifically with ways to promote a healthy diet and lifestyle it is assumed that all three points included are considered important in order to help children develop in this area.
It’s understandable that practical cooking is on the curriculum from Key Stage two as the benefits it offers are huge.
Practical cooking offers a set of life skills. Being able to plan, prepare and cook a healthy meal helps children as they grow. Possessing the knowledge to cook for yourself has long term health benefits which will ensure you live a healthier life style.
Learning how to safely peel, chop, fry and boil can ensure children are better equipped to fend for themselves in later life. Not only will they be able to eat more healthily but they will also be able to prepare food more safely, reducing the risk of cooking accidents.
Practical cooking also teaches lessons outside of this. Children will learn maths skills such as counting, fractions, measuring and shapes. They also learn problem solving skills as well as science skills. Understanding how food changes while cooking is vital within this but is often where schools can struggle.
Many schools don’t possess the practical equipment to cook with children, and with very limited space due to increased class sizes, this alone can compromise the safety of each child.
This is where Mexa Thermal can help. We have passion to see kids enjoy cooking and learn these vital life skills in a safe and secure environment.
We design and manufacture mobile cook stations which are well suited to an education environment. Our mobile cook station features an oven, hob, refrigerator, preparation table and a hand-wash, all in one unit. As the units are a bespoke build we can also offer different combinations of the above features.
Every unit is mobile and fitted with lockable castors, meaning it can be stored in a kitchen or cupboard and easily moved into a classroom or hall when needed. With a depth of only 625mm it can also fit through any standard doorway. In terms of power the units are designed to run from a standard UK plug sockets. Safety is paramount and that is reflected in the design. All cook stations are stainless steel, so they are both hard wearing and hygienic. The hob is induction, so it stays cool to the touch, and the oven door has a slide and hide design meaning it retracts under the oven, minimising the danger of trip hazards and burns.
Learning to cook is such a vital skill and we hope that our cook stations can make it easier for teachers and more fun for children. No more seeing raw bread dough disappear into a secluded oven to be returned to the children miraculously baked. With the mobile kitchen kids can keep an eye on the changes to their food as it cooks. This whole culinary experience adds to the wonder and appreciation that a child encounters as they cook and prepare real life food.

Teaching children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities cookery lessons using the SEND Mobile Learning Kitchen

Practical cooking can be one of the most exciting and educational lessons on the school curriculum. It intrigues and engages children whilst teaching them one of the most valuable life skills they’ll ever need.

Integrated into most practical cooking lessons are a variety of associated curriculum subjects, such as English, Maths, History, Geography and Science. As well as those educational advantages, it also provides a multitude of sensory and health benefits.
Now spare a thought for the children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who struggle using standard kitchen equipment. For them the enjoyment and engagement within the lessons soon disappears. Without a kitchen designed for their individual needs they can feel excluded and isolated from their fellow classmates.
Safety is also another pressing issue that must be highlighted when using a standard kitchen. Many SEND children find themselves having to over reach, forcing them off balance. That combined with hot surfaces and liquids is an accident waiting to happen.
Our design team understand the difficulties facing people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities whilst cooking. Wanting to make a difference, we have designed and manufactured the SEND Cook Station. Not only is it fully adjustable to an individual user’s requirements, but the SEND Cook Station is fully mobile providing easy access.
The SEND Cook Stations versatility allows it to be positioned practically anywhere in any room, it simply needs to be plugged into a standard UK socket.
We all deserve the chance to learn how to cook, and with the SEND Cook Station everyone can experience healthy independent living.

 

 


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities SEND Mobile Learning Kitchen

Have you ever given a second thought for people with special needs and disabilities? Or stopped to think about the difficulties they encounter every single day.

Our team at Mexa Thermal have.

 

We have many years’ experience working with children and young adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Fully understanding their individual requirements aids our engineers to focus on refining designs so we can make a difference.
Through our extensive research, we have come up with a unique and comprehensive cooking and preparation solution for disabled users. Our SEND Cook Station provide safe and easy access to cooking for those who are unable to use a traditional kitchen.

 

 


Portable LPG Oven

Portable LPG oven.

The Portable LPG Oven is manufactured from stainless steel and constructed around a tubular framework for durability and strength.

Along with its stylish good looks, it is also totally practical boasting a 36 litre oven, a 3 hob burner and an integral grill.

Fitted with 4 large swivel castors and a push button battery operated electronic ignition system makes it so easy to use.

Dimensions: H74cm x W50cm x D55cm (including the oven handle)

Construction:

The Portable LPG Oven is manufactured from commercial quality 304 dull polished stainless steel. The panel work is 1.2mm thick and the tubular framework is constructed from 25mm x 1.5mm square tubing... so please don't confuse this with the standard wibbly wobbly camping equipment.

It is fitted with 4 x 100mm swivel/brake castors for ease of movability across rough ground and confident parking when using the oven.

The construction of the Portable LPG Oven is built to withstand the day to day use of a busy camping family to the challenging demands of an emergency disaster zone facility.

Gas:

The Portable LPG Oven is fuelled by an external propane gas bottle.

Portable cookerOven:

The Oven consists of a 3 burner hob (1 x auxiliary, 2 x semi-rapid burners) and a 36 litre thermostatically controlled combined oven and grill, making it the ideal oven for most applications.

The oven features a 12v electronic push button ignition (internal batteries, 8 x AA), a flame failure protection system that automatically shuts off the gas on all burners, a stainless steel interior and a tempered glass lid to maximise your work space when the hob is not in use.

Along with the ovens style and flexibility, it has a solid, welded, no rattle construction that is durable and easy to clean.

The oven is supplied with 2 anti-rattle grid wire shelves and a grill pan including a handle.

Applications:

The Portable LPG Oven is totally off-grid. It is also easily transportable making it one of the most versatile LPG ovens on the market. The LPG Portable Oven with its tough design/construction and quality of materials will give it a durable, trouble free life wherever it ends up.

A few ideas:

  • Camping
  • Glamping
  • Event Hire
  • Catering
  • Community Centres
  • Church Halls
  • Motor Homes
  • Camper Van Conversions
  • Man Caves
  • Garage and Outbuilding Conversions
  • Garden Parties
  • Portable Cabins
  • Scouts/Guides
  • Cadets
  • Armed Forces
  • Red Cross
  • Emergency and Disaster Zone Facilities
  • etc, etc, etc... the list goes on

LPG Camping Oven

The all new LPG Camping Oven.

The LPG Portable Cook Station is manufactured from stainless steel and constructed around a tubular framework for durability and strength.

Along with its stylish good looks, it is also totally practical boasting a 36 litre oven, a 3 hob burner and an integral grill. It also comprises its own gas box to hide away that unsightly bottle and is fitted with a preparation table to either prepare food on or to place a washing up bowl on to wash those dirty dishes.

Fitted with 6 large swivel castors, a push button battery operated electronic ignition system and a snap-fit gas regulator makes it so easy to use.

Dimensions: H74cm x W85cm x D55cm (including the oven handle)

Construction:

The LPG Portable Cook Station is manufactured from commercial quality 304 dull polished stainless steel. The panel work is 1.2mm thick and the tubular framework is constructed from 25mm x 1.5mm square tubing... so please don't confuse this with the standard wibbly wobbly camping equipment.

The Cook Station is fitted with 6 x 100mm swivel/brake castors for ease of movability across rough ground and confident parking when using the oven.

The integrated gas box holds and hides the 5kg patio gas bottle eliminating any trip hazards and also looks aesthetically pleasing.

The construction of the LPG Portable Cook Station is built to withstand the day to day use of a busy camping family, from cooking a simple breakfast to an elaborate full Sunday dinner, the cook station makes it so easy.

Gas:

The gas box accommodates a 5Kg Calor propane patio gas bottle. The bottle is connected by a snap-fit propane gas regulator for easy installation (no spanners required) and a hinged door conceals it, so no more carrying around them heavy gas bottles when you are on the move.

Cooker:

The cooker consists of a 3 burner hob (1 x auxiliary, 2 x semi-rapid burners) and a 36 litre thermostatically controlled combined oven and grill, making it the ideal Cook Station for most applications.

The cooker features a 12v electronic push button ignition (internal batteries, 8 x AA), a flame failure protection system that automatically shuts off the gas on all burners, a stainless steel interior and a tempered glass lid to maximise your work space when the hob is not in use.

Along with the cookers style and flexibility, it has a solid, welded, no rattle construction that is durable and easy to clean.

The cooker is supplied with 2 anti-rattle grid wire shelves and a grill pan including a handle.

Campsite Owners:

Why not purchase this cook station and hire it out to your campers. Display the cook station in your reception with a "HIRE ME" sign on it and just watch your campers response, a fantastic way of increasing your revenue while making your campers happy. Don't forget to advertise this option on your website, your campers can travel light and still have the comforts of healthy home cooking.

The LPG Portable Cook Station is totally off-grid and works independently of any external power supplies. It is also easily transportable making it one of the most versatile LPG cook stations on the market. The LPG Portable Cook Station with its tough design/construction and quality of materials will give it a durable, trouble free life wherever it ends up.

LPG Portable Oven

The all new LPG portable cooker.

The LPG Portable Cook Station is manufactured from stainless steel and constructed around a tubular framework for durability and strength.

Along with its stylish good looks, it is also totally practical boasting a 36 litre oven, a 3 hob burner and an integral grill. It also comprises its own gas box to hide away that unsightly bottle and is fitted with a preparation table to either prepare food on or to place a washing up bowl on to wash those dirty dishes.

Fitted with 6 large swivel castors, a push button battery operated electronic ignition system and a snap-fit gas regulator makes it so easy to use.

Dimensions: H74cm x W85cm x D55cm (including the oven handle)

Construction:

The LPG Portable Cook Station is manufactured from commercial quality 304 dull polished stainless steel. The panel work is 1.2mm thick and the tubular framework is constructed from 25mm x 1.5mm square tubing... so please don't confuse this with the standard wibbly wobbly camping equipment.

The Cook Station is fitted with 6 x 100mm swivel/brake castors for ease of movability across rough ground and confident parking when using the oven.

The integrated gas box holds and hides the 5kg patio gas bottle eliminating any trip hazards and also looks aesthetically pleasing.

The construction of the LPG Portable Cook Station is built to withstand the day to day use of a busy camping family to the challenging demands of an emergency disaster zone facility.

Portable cookerGas:

The gas box accommodates a 5Kg Calor propane patio gas bottle. The bottle is connected by a snap-fit propane gas regulator for easy installation (no spanners required) and a hinged door conceals it, so no more carrying around them heavy gas bottles when you are on the move.

Portable cookerCooker:

The cooker consists of a 3 burner hob (1 x auxiliary, 2 x semi-rapid burners) and a 36 litre thermostatically controlled combined oven and grill, making it the ideal Cook Station for most applications.

The cooker features a 12v electronic push button ignition (internal batteries, 8 x AA), a flame failure protection system that automatically shuts off the gas on all burners, a stainless steel interior and a tempered glass lid to maximise your work space when the hob is not in use.

Along with the cookers style and flexibility, it has a solid, welded, no rattle construction that is durable and easy to clean.

The cooker is supplied with 2 anti-rattle grid wire shelves and a grill pan including a handle.

Applications:

The LPG Portable Cook Station is totally off-grid and works independently of any external power supplies. It is also easily transportable making it one of the most versatile LPG cook stations on the market. The LPG Portable Cook Station with its tough design/construction and quality of materials will give it a durable, trouble free life wherever it ends up.

A few ideas:

  • Camping
  • Glamping
  • Event Hire
  • Catering
  • Community Centres
  • Church Halls
  • Motor Homes
  • Camper Van Conversions
  • Man Caves
  • Garage and Outbuilding Conversions
  • Garden Parties
  • Portable Cabins
  • Scouts/Guides
  • Cadets
  • Armed Forces
  • Red Cross
  • Emergency and Disaster Zone Facilities
  • etc, etc, etc... the list goes on

LPG off grid Portable Oven, Hob & Grill

LPG Off Grid Portable Cook Station

 

The all new stainless steel off grid cook station is ideal for a variety of applications such as; Camping, Glamping, Motor homes, Van conversions, Man caves, Garage and outbuilding conversions, Garden parties, Portable cabins, Emergency and disaster zone facilities, etc, etc, etc... the list goes on.

                     

The cook station consists of a 3 burner hob, 36 litre combined oven and grill, integrated gas box and preparation work surface making it an ideal solution for most applications. The cook station features: 12v electronic ignition (internal battery), flame failure devices on all 3 burners, heavy duty stainless steel tubular framework, 6 swivel lockable castors, Integral gas box with regulator (suitable for 5kg Calor propane patio gas bottle), stainless steel preparation worktop and a tempered glass hob cover.

 Dimensions are:  H74cm   x   W85cm   x   D55cm  (including the oven door handle).

  • Camping
  • Glamping
  • Motor homes
  • Camper van conversions
  • Man caves
  • Garage and outbuilding conversions
  • Garden parties
  • Portable cabins
  • Emergency and disaster zone facilities