Kicking it in the kitchen

Source: Australian Certified Organic Newsletter (December)

Former Collingwood Football Club player Chris Tarrant recently treated students at Victoria’s Heidelberg Primary School to a visit. He wasn’t there to kick the footy, but to pursue one of his other loves – organic food.

Chris joined The Travelling Kitchen owner, Karen Koutsodontis, to teach years five and six students how to create healthy, certified organic vegetable fritters. It was all part of the very successful Australian Organic Awareness Month in October and marked the beginning of Chris’s new role as an ambassador for Australian Organic.

He says, “I was so thrilled to kick off my association with Australian Organic by participating in this Travelling Kitchen session.

“I am extremely passionate about teaching our kids how to eat healthily and how to maintain a healthy eating lifestyle and to share knowledge they will use for the rest of their lives.”

Students learnt about the importance of choosing certified organic food and were given tips about how to create their own organic garden at home – something Chris has been passionate about since changing his lifestyle to organic in 2010.

He says, “I was originally motivated to choose organic simply because of the taste but then when I started to notice an improvement in my on-field performance and my daily energy, as well as my ability to relax faster and sleep better, I decided to dedicate to a 100 per cent certified organic routine.”

Chris is also the ambassador of protein powder company INCA Organics, which is certified with Australian Certified Organic.

The Travelling Kitchen is run by food technology teacher Karen Koutsodontis. She’s passionate about teaching kids useful, health-based cooking skills.

Karen says, “We’re really excited about working with Australian Organic and Chris. Knowing the facts around organic produce is such a great message for children.”

In his role as an ambassador, Chris will donate his time to work with the hugely successful (and free) Australian Organic Schools initiative to encourage students to eat healthily and grow their own food. The program is compatible with the Australian Curriculum and now has over 60,000 students using it.

Over 60,000 students are now using Australian Organic Schools and, what’s more, it’s compatible with the Australian Curriculum. Go to

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