TastEd Blog


February 2023

TastEd wins prestigious BBC Food and Farming Award

Back in the middle of 2022, TastEd was shortlisted as a finalist for the BBC Food and Farming Awards under the Innovation category. These awards, running for over 20 years, each year celebrate the incredible work to promote good food across the UK food system, so to be shortlisted in...

August 2022

April 2022

In Memory of Lesley Mackley

Lesley Mackley was one of the quiet heroes of both food education and food writing in the U.K. We were so sad to hear of her death in March this year and were extremely moved and grateful when Lesley’s family (Tilly, Mark and Henry) contacted us to say that instead...

March 2022

TastEd comes to Islington

Our year at TastEd got off to a great start. Ever since we formed as an organisation at the start of 2019, our dream has been to help as many children as possible in the U.K. benefit from sensory food education. We believe that taste education should be a universal...

December 2021

Sharing TastEd with School Families and Communities

As part of Prendergast Primary’s Food Week, each class from Reception to Year 6 experienced a different TastEd lesson every day. But, lessons weren’t exclusively for children. Parents and carers in years 3-6 were invited to a Food Week Assembly as part of the Harvest celebration for a taste of what...

November 2021

TastEd and The University of Cambridge Primary School

One of the projects that we’ve been most excited about over the past few months has been a collaboration with the University of Cambridge Primary School. The school is one of the first (along with Washingborough Academy in Lincolnshire) to adopt TastEd in every year group and the feedback from...

September 2021

A Teacher’s View – Sensory Food Education in the Early Years

Ruth Platt - Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Education at Anglia Ruskin University Many schools report that children coming out of lockdown have returned to school less healthy than before the pandemic. To help children to become mentally and physically healthier, it is time that food education is brought out of the...

August 2021

May 2021

In Memory of Einar Risvik, Taste Education Pioneer

All of us at TastEd were so sad to hear the news that Einar Risvik died of cancer on Sunday 23rd May in Oslo.  Einar was the person who introduced sensory education for children in Norway – the equivalent of TastEd. He was one of the creators of Norwegian taste...

February 2021

Happier meals with Bee Wilson and Kim Smith

On Tuesday the 16th February TastEd hosted a brilliant talk between renowned food writer and co-founder of TastEd  Bee Wilson and food educator and TastEd co-chair Kim Smith. We were joined on YouTube and Facebook live by over 100 people. An informal hour of discussion took place covering how the techniques...

June 2020

Herbs & Memories by Naomi Rayner

If you want to get an idea of TastEd, one of the simplest ways is to take a fresh mint leaf, smell it and try to say what it reminds you of. We do this as an ice breaker in our teacher training sessions and we also do it in...

Playing with Your Food by A Parent

Like many people, I was brought up not to play with my food.  To those of the wartime generation, there was an understandable fear of wasting so much as a scrap and a sense that playing with what was on your plate somehow disrespectful.  But what if playing with food...

April 2020

TastEd and Veg Power

Earlier this spring, when it was hard to imagine we would now be in lockdown, the TastEd team was thrilled to collaborate with Veg Power on the launch of their 2020 schools programme. Veg Power is an organisation on a mission to get British children to eat more vegetables –...

March 2020

TastEd Fun and Games for Families at Home

The Easter holidays have come early for many families. In the wake of coronavirus, so many of us are self isolating at home, going a little crazy behind closed doors, wondering how to fill the hours and weeks until children go back to school. Here are a few fun and...

January 2020

New Year’s Resolutions

  Happy New Year from TastEd! This is the season of diet resolutions.  As individuals, many of us are resolving to eat less of this or that food. But what if some of that spirit of change could be applied in a more positive and social way to helping children learn about...

December 2019

What’s in a name? The Story of Sapere

  Stina Algotson is Chair of the Board of Sapere international. Her presentation at the Sapere conference held in Cambridge in October told us that the Latin word ’sapere’ (pronounced ‘sap-er-ay') means “to know”, “to be able to”, “to taste” and “to feel”.   Latin-dictionary.net adds that the three meanings are...

November 2019

TastEd hosts International Symposium on Taste Education

We’ve never had two days quite like it.  We sniffed mint and we sipped seaweed broth from Japan. We tasted crunchy and quiet foods with headphones on. We heard about taste schools in Norway and the Netherlands and portion sizes in Singapore. We learned that every meal is an education....

October 2019