As you may know I run a cooking school where I work with children who have a real fear of eating new foods.
Most of these kids haven't been able to eat more than 10 - 15 foods for years.
This makes life really tough for them and very stressful for their parents.
Watching them gradually gain confidence and happily munch on new foods is a beautiful secular "miracle".
Today I am going to share Ben's story. I have changed his name but his mother is very happy for me to talk about him as she too can't believe how far he's come and knows that his story can bring hope to other parents.
Ben is 9, caring and gentle and wasn't comfortable with any vegetables at all. The only fruit he would eat were apples. He was one of the kids that just doesn't seem to take to food like others and even as a baby would know if his formula changed.
He had issues with texture and anything soft/wet etc. was too unpleasant to contemplate.
He was the poor kid who couldn't join in "pizza day" at school or have a "treat" at McDonald's.
After spending a term cooking with us he has become more and more confident. So confident that on Monday he happily tried an Indian pumpkin soup I had on the stove (full of all those scary things like onions!) He also tasted and rated - mashed potatoes, jacket potatoes, wedges, peas, brown rice, beetroot and green beans. Then for "dessert" a strawberry and cream.
Ben is now choosing a vegetable of the week and eating that every day.
He has come so, so far from the hyper sensitive boy that he was that would only eat one type of pasta, white bread, Marmite, cheese, crackers, apples and corn chips ....
He's also becoming a wicked cook. Sauce from scratch anyone?
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.