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Restaurateur opens kid’s exhibit on healthful eating at museum

A New Hampshire restaurateur is betting that teaching children about the science of food will help them adopt more healthful eating and dining habits as they grow.

Tom Boucher, owner and CEO of Great NH Restaurants as well as a National Restaurant Association board member, and his company’s corporate chef, Nicole Barreira, recently joined forces to produce “Science in the Kitchen with Chef Nicole,” an interactive exhibit that teaches children how to become involved in food and meal preparation at an early age. The exhibit, currently on display at the SEE Science Center in Manchester, N.H., features a kid-sized kitchen in which children can don toques and aprons, and play with mini-stoves, sinks and refrigerators while pretending to be the chef of the day. At the same time, the exhibit also offers information on the science behind healthful eating.

“This really was a collective effort,” Boucher said. “One of my partners took her children to the SEE Science Center and she remarked that it would be great to be able to teach kids about the science behind healthful eating and food safety. So Nicole, who is known here for her interest in teaching children about healthful eating, and our design team started working on the project, which opened Dec. 18.”

Boucher, the operator of Copper Door restaurant as well as five T-Bones Great American Eatery locations and two Cactus Jack’s Great West Grill dinnerhouses, said the response to the exhibit has been positive among children and their parents.

“We opened it last week, and I just stood there and watched the kids go through it,” he said. “I’m so delighted to see this. What’s more is that parents are really appreciating this – that chef Nicole is trying to teach them and their children about healthful eating.”

Barreira, who has two daughters of her own, said teaching youngsters and their parents how to cook together is “one of the best ways for families to spend quality time together and get them on the right path toward healthy living. I hope this interactive display will inspire everyone to enjoy cooking as much as I do.”

Boucher, whose restaurants participate in the NRA’s Kids LiveWell nutrition initiative, said he and his company are passionate about providing healthful and flavorful foods for children.

“This has been a mission for us,” he said. “Ever since Nicole came on, we’ve felt very strongly that we should have nutritious, delicious food available for children. We hope parents will get their kids to eat more healthfully at a young age. It’s really too late to teach them about this once they are older; their taste buds are already adapted.”

The restaurateur said he plans to bring the exhibit to other children’s museums in New England.

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