Join the #ChefsChallenge!
Reconnecting with tasty, nutritious food
Love cooking? Join famous chefs with this online challenge – cook, have fun and share your best healthy recipes! #ForEveryChild, good nutrition.
When it comes to food, it’s difficult to rival East Asia & Pacific in terms of variety and tastiness.
Food is a major part of life across the region. Before a hello, a first question from family members will often be ‘what did you eat today?’. Dinner is an important occasion where family and friends come together to cook and dine together over numerous plates and dishes.
From wontons to laabs, from spicy coconut curries to noodle soups, East Asia & Pacific’s vibrant food culture is a central part of life for millions of people and indeed tourists from across the world.
However, changes in diet and lifestyle in recent years have sadly eroded traditional food cultures, and the health of millions of people. Cheap ‘fast food’ and unhealthy snacks that are high in sugar, salt and fat are now all too common but offer little nutrition.
A new challenge
Today, there are more than 25 million of malnourished children living in the region, but the picture is changing. While the number of stunted children is slowly falling in many countries, overweight and obesity are growing, and at a much faster rate.
In many countries, and even within households, three forms of malnutrition – undernutrition, hidden hunger and overweight – co-exist. This means that a single country may face the challenge of addressing high rates of stunting, micronutrient deficiencies, and obesity. A family may have an overweight mother and a stunted child. Or a child may be both stunted or too short and overweight. Unhealthy diets are a major cause of all forms of malnutrition.
COVID-19 is deepening this problem. Access to fresh, healthy food has become more of a challenge during lockdowns, with people turning to ‘quick and convenient’ foods.
One way to slow this tide is to reconnect families and young people with food.
That’s why chefs from across the region are taking part in the #ChefsChallenge, asking YOU to show off your cooking skills – get involved today by sharing your recipes with videos, photos or any other creative ways on social media using #ChefsChallenge and tagging UNICEF East Asia Pacific on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
Legendary Thai chef Ian Kittichai challenges you!
Share you delicious, healthy recipes using the hashtag #ChefsChallenge and show you world your cooking skills! Join the #ChefsChallenge with Chef Ian Chalermkittichai (AKA Chef Ian Kittichai) today!Posted by UNICEF East Asia & Pacific on Thursday, April 30, 2020
Robert Oliver cooks up a yummy treat from the Pacific!
Chef and Pacific Island Food Revolution creator Robert Oliver shares a tasty recipe from the Pacific for the #ChefsChallenge! Why not share your favourite healthy recipes with us today?Posted by UNICEF East Asia & Pacific on Thursday, May 14, 2020
Social entrepreneur & farmer Cherrie Atilano with a tasty challenge
#ChefsChallenge is back! Cherrie Atilano shares her yummy & nutritious recipe for stir fried ampalaya. Share you tasty recipes with us using #ChefsChallenge!Posted by UNICEF East Asia & Pacific on Monday, May 4, 2020
Vietnamese star chef Peter Cuong Franklin shares his most comforting dish
Junior MasterChef winner Pattie cooks up a delicious breakfast!
Junior Masterchef Thailand Season 1 winner Pattie Chananchida shares her delicious breakfast recipe for the #ChefsChallenge! Why not take a photo of your favourite healthy meal and share with us?!Posted by UNICEF East Asia & Pacific on Sunday, May 31, 2020
Chef Nak from Cambodia takes us to her garden to cook up a mouthwatering soup!
Yum yum! Chef Nak from Rotanak shares a super delicious and healthy dish from Cambodia for the #ChefsChallenge! Why not try making a healthy dish at home and share it with us?Posted by UNICEF East Asia & Pacific on Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Manta Parima from Thailand #ChefsChallenge cooks yummy pork dish
Want to keep it easy with something simple and delicious? Manta Parima (winner of Junior MasterChef Thailand S2), cooks up a yummy pork dish for the #ChefsChallenge !Posted by UNICEF East Asia & Pacific on Friday, August 7, 2020