Soccer pundit and author cook up a week to remember at the Urdd Eisteddfod

Jun 1 2012

A former Wales football star and a leading Welsh language children’s author will be showing off their culinary skills during the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Caernarfon.

Malcolm Allen and Angharad Tomos will both take part in Welsh lamb and beef cookery demonstrations, organised by red meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru, and targeted at children and other visitors to next week’s event.

Malcolm Allen played for a number of top teams during his professional career, including Aston Villa, Norwich City, Newcastle United, Millwall and Watford. He represented Wales on 14 occasions between 1986 and 1993, and is now a football commentator and pundit on S4C.

Angharad Tomos is an acclaimed novelist and children’s author, including her popular Rwdlan series. In 1982 she won the Crown at the Urdd National Eisteddfod and has twice won the Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod. She is also a prominent campaigner for the Welsh language.

HCC’s Consumer Executive Elwen Roberts, who will be guiding both Malcolm and Angharad through their demonstrations, said that a balanced diet was vital for a healthy lifestyle.

“A healthy diet is essential for all of us,” she said. “But in a year when sport takes centre stage in all our lives thanks to the Olympics, now is an opportune time to show our children how a good diet including red meat help an active lifestyle.

“It doesn’t matter whether you are a child playing in the local park or a world-class athlete at the Olympics, the same rule applies.”

Red meat contains essential protein and minerals such as iron which are a vital part of a balanced diet, said Elwen.

“HCC is delighted to have two such well-known characters willing to join us and share their enthusiasm for Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef recipes with children and their parents during the Eisteddfod,” said Elwen. “They will also ask children to join them on stage to prepare some of their dishes.”

Children visiting the stand can pick up copies of HCC’s Cool2Cook book, containing tasty and nutritious recipes that are designed to be an introduction to cooking for children. Young adults about to head for university in the autumn will also be able to obtain free copies of HCC’s survival guide for freshers, First Degree Cooking.

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