Klasse, KOCHEN! Starts into its 5th year

Löhne, 11 February 2015. “Tasty and economical – good food need not be expensive” is the motto for the next round of school competition “KLASSE, KOCHEN! (directly translating to CLASS, COOK!) that started on 9 February. Schools from all over Germany are encouraged to participate. During the ceremony at a school in Berlin-Pankow (SchuleEins), the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, Maren Schmitt-Nolte (Member of the the Supervisory Board of Nolte Group), Rüdiger Bockhorst of the Bertelsmann Foundation and Celebrity Chef Tim Mälzer also presented the ten winners of last year’s competition with their awards, honouring outstanding creativity and concepts detailing the future use of the practice kitchens.

KLASSE, KOCHEN! is conceived as a two-stage contest. Phase 1 encourages schools to be inspired by the respective motto, get creative and submit their various contributions. A jury from within the ranks of the project partners then selects 25 finalists. These have to hand in a concept detailing the future use of their potential kitchen. Ten winners receive a new practise kitchen.
A total of 162 schools participated last year under the motto “Around the world in the kitchen – international dishes”. The winners 2014 are:

  • Erzbischöfliche Liebfrauenschule, Bonn (North Rhine- Westphalia)
  • Freiherr-vom-Stein-Realschule Plus, Bernkastel-Kues (Rhineland-Palatinate)
  • Grundschule Fritz Reuter, Crivitz (Mecklenburg-West Pomerania)
  • Gymnasium Friedrich II., Lorch (Baden-Württemberg)
  • IGS Gerhard Ertl, Sprendlingen (Rhineland-Palatinate)
  • Martin-Niemöller-Gesamtschule, Bielefeld (North Rhine- Westphalia)
  • Mönchberg-Volksschule, Würzburg (Bavaria)
  • Pestalozzischule Erlangen (Bavaria)
  • Rosa-Luxemburg-Schule, Potsdam (Brandenburg)
  • Werkrealschule Villingendorf (Baden-Württemberg)

The practise kitchens are supplied by Nolte Küchen. The company also assists with planning and fitting. Maren Schmitt-Nolte sees participating in the project as an important means to preserve traditional values: “In their own school kitchen the pupils are able to explore the area of nutrition in a natural way and develop a joy for cooking – just like they would at home.” Cooking in a group and with a balanced diet as the focal point, pupils would become aware of the importance of a joint meal – be it in the family or with peers.
Joining kids from SchuleEins in Berlin, the project partners demonstrated that cooking is indeed fun. After the awards ceremony they prepared homemade pasta, meatballs and tomato sauce. The school had won their practise kitchen three years ago. Since the start of the competition in 2010, 550 applications have been submitted. 48 kitchens have been installed, including the piloting phase. The project itself goes back to Tim Mälzer, who sparked it in 2009. It is part of IN FORM (“In shape”) – “Germany’s national initiative to promote healthy diets and physical activity”, under the roof of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Both Nolte Küchen and the Bertelsmann Foundation are involved as supporting partners.
The first leg of the new competition is open until 28 June 2015. Schools can participate by handing in their contributions inspired by the current motto. Detailed information is available from www.klassekochen.de.

Photo: BMEL

Press Contact: Marie Plöger, +49 5732 – 899 8169, m.ploeger@nolte-kuechen.de