The Andalusia Gastronomic Association and the City Council promote the event ‘Chef Junior Marbella’ to promote healthy eating among 5th and 6th grade students, which will be held on February 28 and March 1 and 2. The event, which was presented today by the Councilor for Commerce, Félix Romero, and by the president and vice president of the group, David Canca and Carlos Piñero, respectively, will include workshops, tastings and a cooking contest where the youngest will be the protagonists. The activities will take place in a tent installed next to the municipal market, while the awards ceremony will be at the Fort of Nagüeles.
“It will be an event with a recreational and educational purpose with which we also want to continue to dynamize the city center,” said the mayor, who highlighted that White Week “is an ideal opportunity to motivate residents and visitors to move to the historic center and consume in their establishments”. Likewise, he has stressed that one of the objectives is “to value gastronomy, which is one of our great assets” and has assessed that “perhaps a future chef with three Michelin stars will come out of this event”.
The program will begin on Monday, January 28, at 11 am, with the presentation and a photocall, followed by an Andalusian breakfast with extra virgin olive oil tasting, the first semifinal of the cooking contest and children’s entertainment. On Tuesday, March 1, starting at 12 noon, the second semifinal will take place and, later, a gastronomic painting workshop. Finally, on Wednesday, March 2, at 12 noon the final of the contest will begin, while the awards ceremony and a snack will be at the Fort of Nagüeles to close the event, which will have as masters of ceremonies the actor Antonio Coca and the president of the Mujeres Poderosas collective, Pilar Martínez.
For his part, Canca explained that the students who will compete have been designated by the schools of the municipality, in collaboration with the municipal delegation of Culture, while he has reported that six professional chefs from different parts of Andalusia will participate in the event. “We want to support and promote gastronomy among children and their families”, he has abounded, while clarifying that “the contest does not have a competitive purpose but rather seeks fun for the participants”. Lastly, Piñero thanked the City Council for its collaboration in organizing this event, in which it is planned that every hour four children will be in charge of the portable kitchens that will be installed in the tent.