July 19: Etihad Airways organized an event to teach children of Azizia Madrasa the fundamental skills of coking healthy and nutritious meals using locally sourced low-cost ingridents.
Etihad Airways’ inflight chef Sanjay Thakur and president of the World Chef Association, Thomas Gugler, hosted the initiative to teach children the benefits of healthy eating and how they can use locally found ingredients as the cornerstone of a nutritional diet, according to the airline.
“I am a strong believer in the old adage that if you teach someone to do something for themselves you have given a lesson for life, and that is what we are trying to do here today. It is not enough to simply donate a meal, our goal today is to teach these children healthy habits that will last a lifetime, and the skills to implement them,” said Chef Thakur.
The airline said in a statement that the menu was sourced entirely from local markets and even foraged from wildfoliage, with the intent to show that healthy, and sustainably-sourced meals can be created for little to no cost.
Over 70 children who live at the orphanage were shown how to source and prepare simple dishes before enjoying Chef Thakur’s tasting menu including locally foraged shisnu and wild spinach soup for the starter, a main course of locally farmed chicken casserole with barley, and rhododendron rice pudding with yak dairy for dessert.
Madrasa caretakers were also taken through a course to teach cooking and food preparation skills, the statement added.
As part of the initiative, the UAE’s Ambassador to Nepal Saeed Hamdan Al Naqei, and Etihad Airways donated 10 double bunk beds to the orphanage.