Why I joined the Food for Life Early Years Award programme

Jo Ingleby is a chef whose passion is for creative cookery with vegetables, herbs and spices. She works in Bristol for Redcliffe Children's Centre where she cooks lunch for the centre's 120 children, all aged 2-4 and co-ordinates the Food Project-Young Children's Experimental Cookery. In 2015, Jo was announced as the BBC "Cook of the Year" in the prestigious Food and Farming Awards for her innovative work at Redcliffe. 

Jo also works with a number of local community food projects, schools and farms encouraging Plot to Plate cookery and sustainable food and is Children's Food Ambassador for Camp Bestival.

Redcliffe Children's Centre were awarded their Food for Life Early Years Award in July 2017. We caught up with Jo to talk to her about her experience of the programme.

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"Our FFL Early Years Award has given parents reassurance about the work that we are doing. We also hope it will be a useful guide for parents as they choose a setting for their child, as it verifies we are meeting clearly laid out criteria."Samantha Richmond (Manager, Oakwood House Nursery & Forest School)

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