Loads of kids and their parents joined Olympian Patrick Chan and Surrey dentist Dr. Greg Chang during the SuperChefs 10th Anniversary event at Surrey City Hall on Friday, Aug. 17. (Photo: Ryan McLeod/contributor)

PHOTOS: Olympian Patrick Chan helps B.C.’s ‘SuperChefs’ celebrate 10th anniversary

Former figure skater among those at event Friday in Surrey

By Ryan-Alexander McLeod, contributor

In Surrey, SuperChefs teamed up with Olympic gold-medalist Patrick Chan to spread a message of healthy eating and teaching kids to have a healthy relationship with what they put in their mouths.

On Friday (Aug. 17), SuperChefs and Dr. Greg’s SuperChefs Cookery for Kids celebrated their 10th Anniversary at Surrey City Hall with cooking demonstrations — some healthy, stick-to-your-gums home cooking with the goal of helping kids become food literate and able to make healthier choices.

SuperChefs teaches children about balanced nutrition and food preparation, and works to give kids the tools to lead a healthy life with the hopes of lowering the statistics of childhood obesity through FACES.

“FACES” are the five pillars of the SuperChefs program: Food literacy, Aware of their food systems, Competent in cooking skills, Engaged in physical activity and Savour balanced food choices.

“We’re so happy to see all these bright, shining faces here today,” said Chang, a Surrey-based dentist.

“This is a great environment we’re building here to promote a healthier generation of kids in Surrey,” he said.

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Known simply as “Dr. Greg,” the man in the super-hero cape made his way around the anniversary celebration with a grin from ear to ear as he spread the message of healthy eating.

“SuperChefs is a not only a passion of my own, but also of the advisors, councillors and donors who support this program, and we all just want to give these kids a healthy environment to learn and feel empowered to make smart, conscious decisions,” Chang said.

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It goes without saying that for Olympic-level athletes, eating healthy is paramount to having a successful body of work and, literally, a successful body overall.

No one knows this better than Canadian Patrick Chan, a former competitive figure skater.

“I met with Greg and we talked about joining up and it came together pretty quick,” said Chan.

“We talk about nutrition a lot as athletes, but to have a program that makes that knowledge accessible for kids is huge. It adds another lay of education for them and it’s just awesome,” he said.

Cooking can be intimidating and some kids won’t know where to start, but Chan said much like overcoming adversity in sports can be difficult, so too in the kitchen.

“It’s all about not having fear about trying new things. If you haven’t cooked before, well, that’s OK,” he said. “Just try it, experiment and see if it works out.”

“Just like in sports, there’s a lot of similar lessons, but to learn those lessons in the kitchen, it’s huge for building towards making healthy eating fun.”

At the event, looking around the room at the huge number of kids learning and having fun with each other, Chan said he understands all too well the importance of having strong bonds and friendships, something he said the SuperChefs program promotes.

“This program is great for these kids to have a chance to make friends and build a supportive group of people, because we all need that in our lives.”

Chan and Chang both want to see a future with healthier bodies, minds and fantastic food being cooked all around.

“I had a little idea,” said Chang, “but this team, this community, have made this a success. Seeing how these kids learn and hearing about them embracing it and promoting it at home with their families, it’s really a way of life and I couldn’t be more proud.”

 

Olympian Patrick Chan and Surrey dentist Dr. Greg Chang at the SuperChefs 10th Anniversary event at Surrey City Hall on Friday, Aug. 17. (Photo: Ryan McLeod/contributor)

Malia Scholz helps Liam Khadra flip his crepe during the SuperChefs 10th Anniversary event at Surrey City Hall on Friday, Aug. 17. (Photo: Ryan McLeod/contributor)

Cook Carissa Wong helps a group of kids make pasta for the “long noodle” contest during the SuperChefs 10th Anniversary event at Surrey City Hall on Friday, Aug. 17. (Photo: Ryan McLeod/contributor)

Dr. Greg Chang gets his cape signed by children during the SuperChefs 10th Anniversary event at Surrey City Hall on Friday, Aug. 17. (Photo: Ryan McLeod/contributor)

Dr. Greg Chang gets his cape signed by children in SURREY, British Columbia, on August 17, 2018. Ryan McLeod/Freelance

Cook Carissa Wong helps a group of kids make pasta for the long noodle contest during the SuperChefs 10th Anniversary event at City Hall in Surrey, British Columbia, on August 17, 2018. Ryan McLeod/Freelance

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