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The Mobile Teaching Kitchen International (MTKi) Initiative is a dynamic intervention that empowers communities through nutrition education, focusing on marginalised and underserved groups. By sharing knowledge and skills, we aim to enhance the health and well-being of women, children, and families across communities.


We understand the significance of good nutrition and its impact on overall well-being. That is why we are here, passionately committed to equipping individuals and communities with the tools they need to make informed choices about their diets and lifestyles. Through our collaborative efforts, we believe that we can tackle malnutrition head-on and create lasting change.


MTKi features include:


  • Innovative Approach: The MTKi model provides an alternative to failing food systems, working towards food and nutrition security for underprivileged populations.

  • Data Collection: Local volunteers and health practitioners collect demographic information and assess the nutrition status of participants at the beginning of the programme.

  • Collaborative Recipe Creation: We collaborate with communities to co-create extensive recipes that reflect their preferences and dietary needs, using tools like the MyFood24 app for dietary assessment.

  • Behavioural Changes: Through effective nutrition education, we empower marginalised communities to improve their nutrition knowledge, attitudes, and practices, ultimately enhancing their overall health.

  • Nutrition Champions: Members from marginalised communities are trained to become nutrition champions and culinary health educators, utilizing the See-One, Do-One, Teach-One (SODOTO) model.

  • Micro-Enterprise Development: We foster the formation of micro-businesses, enabling individuals to generate income, achieve financial security, and sustain a healthier lifestyle, breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

  • Traditional Storytelling: Nutrition education is imparted through engaging cooking demonstrations and the use of nutritious and cost-effective menu templates.

  • Recognitions and Awards: The MTKi programme has received numerous accolades, including the Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour Nutrition Education Program Impact Award, Glenmark Nutrition Award, and more.

In the UK, MTKi was launched in Cambourne in April 2023, in partnership with CamCare UK and University of Brighton and paved the way for the NNEdPro-UK roadshow events in September 2023 in various parts of the UK, namely Cambridge, Belfast, Aberdeen and Dundee. The roadshow partnered with the University of Queensland, Center for Community Health & Wellbeing.


In September, NNEdPro hosted a series of workshops in Cambridge, Belfast, Aberdeen and Dundee on the Mobile Teaching Kitchen International Initiative. These workshops provided a deep dive into the programme's impact in the UK and offered valuable perspectives on its summative thinking in Australia. Attendees explored how hands-on nutrition education can empower communities and individuals to make healthier choices. More details can be found here.


In November, a culinary nutrition education workshop was conducted in Dundee, Scotland. This was in partnership with the Dundee and Angus College, whereby participants learned about different food groups, how to read food labels, and how to make healthy swaps in the recipes and the nutrient profiles for each dish. More details can be found here.


These events helped accelerate NNEdPro's efforts towards nutrition education and translation of research to applicable knowledge in the UK.

next steps

To be carried out over 2023 - 2024 in partnership with Dundee & Angus College

  1. Training workshops for potential preceptors, including culinary students and professionals

  2. Analysis of the Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) data to determine strengths in nutrition education

  3. Recruit UK MTK champions- in Dundee, Scotland

  4. Deliver culinary nutrition education through the See-One, Do-One, Teach-One (SODOTO) methodology and collect KAP data

  5. Establish UK MTK community micro-enterprise (through pop-up events based on food provision with public education across regions and or regional colleges

  6. Continuing data collection and evaluation from KAP questionnaires


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