Forget junk food,it’s much tastier and healthier when you make it yourself.

The Comet: James Shepherd and Camilla Dandridge taking the session with childrenJames Shepherd and Camilla Dandridge taking the session with children (Image: Archant)

That’s the message nearly 100 children in Stevenage are being given in free cooking lessons which are being held this month.

James Shepherd led one class at the Tesco Extra store in The Forum last week.

He said: “It’s great to see so many children getting excited about cooking. They had so much fun making veggie fajitas, and even more fun eating them.

“It’s so important for children’s health and wellbeing now, and in later life, that we educate them about food and where it comes from.”

The courses, called Let’s Cook, are being run in a partnership between Tesco and the Children’s Food Trust and hope to educate kids about the importance of cooking and eating healthy foods.

On the day they prepared everything from scratch before feasting on their creations at the end.

Around 2,700 children aged between five and 11 are expected to take part in the course nationally, including 54 in Stevenage.

Let’s Cook is part of The Tesco Eat Happy Project which aims to inspire children to take an interest in what they eat at a time of rising childhood obesity rates.