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Kids get a pizza the action

Olive Press cooks up a storm with little chefs this Sunday - while you get to dine in grown-up style

Published on September 29th 2010.

Kids get a pizza the action

ON the face of it, it could be a kitchen nightmare in the making. Messy hands, messy children, and they are probably all talking at once too.

But don't be fooled. This is actually - for anyone in charge of kids - one of the most civilised ways we can think of to while away a Sunday afternoon. For why? Because, just for once, just for once, at the weekend you get let off the hook for an hour. And they do the cooking!

The kids may now be back at school but the Olive Press's fun and educational cookery classes for little 'uns are far from boring. While you peacefully graze on a Sunday roast far, far away at the other end of the restaurant, they are busy rolling up their sleeves and enjoying an interactive cookery class run by head chefs from Paul Heathcote's sizzling pizza and pasta chain.

The Olive Press has been running the cookery classes every Sunday this month and we went last weekend with some hungry looking kids in tow.

In general, children love to cook. But often they don't get much of a chance. At the Olive Press, however, they are allowed to be masterchefs. Don't worry about them ruining their Sunday best in the process, the Olive Press, one of the top 10 family friendly restaurants in the UK, according to the Daily Telegraph, gives them their very own chef's hat and pinny.

There are two sessions, 1pm and 5pm. We turned up at the teatime slot and, within minutes, all eyes were on chef Matt Gibbons who was telling the gourmet gang all about pizza, how it's

made and all the nutritional components. Except he didn't use the word “components”.

Instead, he chatted to them about what they like on pizza at home, why greens are good for you and getting your daily five fruit and veg, while the children carefully concentrated on building their own, starting with the tomato sauce. There would be prizes (chocolate pizza and Jelly Babies) for the best.

Like the restaurant, they don't just do pizzas in these classes. Salads and pasta dishes are whipped up by the juniors too.

Highlight of the experience is crowding into the kitchen to watch Chef throw the colourful creations into the hot pizza furnace and then, just minutes later, watching them reappear as a bubbling feast, under the watchful supervision of the staff, of course.

The cookery classes are part of the ‘Adopt a school’ program that is run in conjunction with ‘The Academy of Culinary Arts’ which The Olive Press has been partners of since its conception.

How much does all this cost? Well, the dedicated children’s menu is great value and contains something for every little taste bud including a main course, dessert & a drink all for just £7.50. Toddlers eat for free.

And while your children are quietly tucking in to their culinary masterpieces, you, put-upon grown up, are in the other room, dining on whatever delights the Olive Press menu can throw at you, with maybe even a glass of something from their great wine list to chill out to.

Not too much mind - they hand the kids back at the end.

To book into the Olive Press's final Sunday cookery classes for kids, this Sunday, September 28, call 0151 227 2242.

The Olive Press
25-27 Castle Street
Liverpool, L2 4TA
0151 227 2242
see www.heathcotes.co.uk for more.

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