On Wednesday Duchess Kate made a visit to the LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery and Pre-school in London. There she chatted with the apprentices from LEYF Early Years Chef Academy, discussing the importance of food nutrition for kids while she served breakfast alongside them.
Luke Nelson-Neil was one of the trainees presents. The talked to Duchess Kate about beetroot, “I still can’t get them [the children] to eat it.” Kate, the proud mother to Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and one-year-old Prince Louis, replied: “Mine absolutely love it – it’s one of those things until you try it, you don’t know.”
This comes after Kate told TV chef Mary Berry during a collaboration they had last year that the family grow their own vegetables, “We’ve got carrots, beans, beetroot – a massive favourite – Louis absolutely loves beetroot.” Knowing this Prince Louis fact, the experienced chef made a beetroot and chocolate cake during the programme, titled A Berry Royal Christmas, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge being there to assist her. She said on the show: “I want to create a recipe with the young Prince in mind.”
Kate also spent some time with the pupils, sitting down with them at their mini-tables and pouring them cereal. Glancing over a plate of orange, banana, grape and papaya segments, she asked the youngsters: “What do you think of the fruit? What’s your favourite?”
Kate also touched upon the launch of her early childhood survey ‘5 Big Questions on the Under Fives’ which she launched last week. The goal of the landmark survey is to spark a UK-wide conversation on raising the next generation and the Duchess revealed an exciting update during her visit to the nursery. She said: “It’s great to visit places like this where communities come together to support one another. Last week I launched a UK wide survey on early childhood because I want to hear society’s views about raising the next generation. I’m so happy that over 100,000 people from all across the UK have already completed it, and I can’t wait to see the results.”
The online survey is being conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of The Royal Foundation and will run until 21 February 2020. The project was launched last week, and to mark the beginning the Duchess visited MiniBrum at ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum, Ely and Careau Children’s Centre in Cardiff and HMP Send near Woking.