British Columbia

Kelowna kids preparing food for royal visit

“We will be [demonstrating] a condensed version of our seven week program that we taught last year in six Okanagan schools,” said Okanagan Chefs Association junior director, Melissa Masters, to Daybreak South host, Chris Walker.

Chefs in the Classroom program will be on display during Prince William and Kate's visit

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Prince William are escorted to Harbour Air Terminal in Victoria, B.C., Sunday, Sept 25, 2016 on their way to Vancouver. (Chad Hipolito/Associated Press)

Prince William and Kate will be presented with food prepared by 50 elementary school children when they stop by Mission Hill Winery as part of their visit to Kelowna on Tuesday.

The main event of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's scheduled 55-minute visit to the winery is the Taste of British Columbia Festival, where the royals will move between stations showing off different aspects of the province's agriculture and food industries.

Four of those stations will be manned by chefs and students participating in the Chefs in the Classroom program.

"We will be [demonstrating] a condensed version of our seven-week program that we taught last year in six Okanagan schools," said Okanagan Chefs Association junior director Melissa Masters to Daybreak South host Chris Walker.

The association sends chefs to Okanagan public schools to teach kids about growing and cooking nutritious food.

Anne McCymont Elementary School students participating in the Chefs in the Classroom program check out a garden in Kelowna. (Okanagan Chefs Association)

At Mission Hill, the Royals will have a chance to see students preparing a fresh apple sauce, vegetables, fruits and a pasta sauce.

Will and Kate "will hopefully be participating but most likely they will just be observing and watching what we're doing," said Masters.

"Hopefully, we can impress them with what we teach these kids. At the end of the day, it's about the kids and getting them to eat and grow their own fruits and vegetables."

The Royals' Mission Hill visit is not open to the public. However, their earlier stop at UBC Okanagan is a public event.

With files from CBC Radio's Daybreak South

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