UHI Moray launches first Scottish Branch of the Europa Mini Cooks

A launch event for the first Scottish Branch of Europa Mini Cooks took place on Monday 23rd January at the Beechtree Restaurant, UHI Moray from 6pm - 8pm.

Opening the first Scottish branch of this initiative has been a long-term ambition of the Hospitality and Tourism Academy (HATA) at UHI Moray and money was raised to establish the Branch at the Auction during the first Hospitality Festival Gala Dinner in March 2022.

The aim of the Europa Mini Cooks, which originated in Germany in 1989, is to introduce young children between the ages of 10 - 12 to cooking, techniques and the importance of using local, seasonal produce. It also focuses on teamwork, health and being a good citizen. Since its launch the initiative has worked with 30,000 children.

The Moray branch will begin with 14 pupils from Bishopmill Primary, who have all applied to be part of the programme.

The launch event was also supported by the pupils’ teachers and families along with programme sponsors and local industry. Guests also include Suzanne Droux, Managing Director of Europa Mini Cooks and Peter Bauer, Chef/Owner of Restaurant Café Bauer and Team Leader of Hersbruck Mini Cooks.

Alistair Fowlie, Deputy Head of Curriculum at HATA, said:

“We are delighted to finally get our Branch up and running and we cannot wait to work with local industry to provide monthly opportunity and experience for the first cohort of 14 pupils.  This is an amazing initiative, with huge short and long-term benefits  and we are proud to be the first Mini Cooks Branch in Scotland.”

The format for the launch evening is as follows:

  • Drinks and nibbles, provided by HATA staff and students
  • Slideshow Presentation by Susanne Droux, MD of the Europa Mini Cooks
  • Information about the plans and activities for the duration of the Programme
  • Presentation of the kits and Uniforms to the 14 Mini Cooks
  • Photo opportunities