YOUNGSTERS at a nursery near Shipston could be the masterchefs of the future with the launch of a new weekly cookery club.

The preschool class at Winchcombe Farm Day Nursery, in Upper Tysoe, is being taught by the resident nursery cook, Linda Wadeson.

Youngsters made mini quiches at their first lesson this week, which they had for their supper and also sent some home for parents to sample.

Nursery manager Rachel Giorgio said: “The aim of our new cookery classes is to promote healthy eating and food awareness, whilst building confidence and encouraging independence.

“Children are invited to join in creating some easy-to-make recipes, which are combined with, games and activities based around preparing and enjoying food.

“Different recipes will give children the chance to explore their senses and express their creativity. Cookery helps children to develop a range of skills essential to their early development including decision making - as they choose different ingredients or toppings -and problem solving – as they work out how to achieve particular results.”