Borough Talks: Parent trap - the challenges of children’s food

Borough Talks, a series of public debates presented by Borough Market, explores some of the most interesting and important issues relevant to today’s food world

Across five Tuesday evenings between April and September, some of the most respected names in the food industry—including producers, writers, academics and activists—will gather in the Market’s atmospheric Three Crown Square to discuss a variety of topics that are currently driving the news agenda and creating buzz in the UK food scene.

Each debate lasts for around an hour, including plenty of time for questions and comments from the floor. After the debate, ticketholders are invited to enjoy a superb spread of food and drink from Borough Market’s traders (included in the price of the ticket), mingle with panellists and purchase a selection of relevant books and merchandise. Tickets for each debate cost £17.50.

TALK 3: TUESDAY 13th JUNE 2017, 7-9pm

Parent trap: the challenges of children’s food
What does a ‘healthy’ diet for children look like? Is it possible to create a balance of fun and nutrition? And how can parents address these questions without being crippled by worry and guilt? Our expert panel will discuss some of the wider social and political issues associated with children’s food and attempt to untangle the often contradictory web of information and advice that can create such confusion for parents.


Stefan Gates: Television presenter, writer and live performer. His numerous food-related TV series for adults and kids have included Gastronuts, Incredible Edibles, Cooking in the Danger Zone and Food Factory.

Carmel McConnell: Founder of Magic Breakfasts, a charity that works to prevent hunger being a barrier to education by providing schools with healthy breakfast food and expert support. Awarded an MBE in 2016.

Claire Thomson: Food writer and chef whose daily attempts to feed her three children fuelled her Five O’Clock Apron Instagram account and a subsequent book. Her latest is The National Trust Family Cookbook.

Amanda Ursell: Qualified nutritionist and visiting fellow of both Oxford Brookes University and the Royal Society of Medicine. She writes in the Sun newspaper and is the nutrition editor for the Healthy Food Guide.

Jenny Chandler: Cookery teacher, author and former UN special ambassador for the Year of Pulses. She has written several books, including Pulse, The Real Taste of Spain and Cool Kids Cook.

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Talk 1: Read, cook, live: the ingredients of a cookbook

Talk 2: How the media can help your food business

Talk 4: How to join the drinks revolution

Talk 5: Sustainable sustenance: reducing the impact of food production