New Steps for Life cooking class

Preparing onions
Preparing onions during the first Steps for Life cooking class at MIT
The Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-liga, officially opened the first Steps for Life cooking class at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) on Saturday May 10th.

The Steps for Life programme has been successfully reducing teenage obesity for over three years. Overweight and obese teens and their families have, quite literally, lost tonnes on the intensive 3-month programme that teaches participants how to make healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

Mark Wylie, one of New Zealand's most experienced and respected Executive Chefs, and GM of Cater Plus, offered to develop and teach the cooking module which will teach the teens how to cook popular classics using healthy ingredients.

At the first Steps for Life cooking class at MIT, the eight teen/parent teams were given 90 minutes to prepare Spaghetti Bolognese, Pork Chop Suey and Salad. They were tutored and supervised by Mark Wylie and MIT Chef Lecturers, Brian Wallace and Henry Spence.

For more information about the programme visit