A LEADING British chef who has catered for royalty will be cooking up a storm in the region, teaching the public about healthy eating.

Rob Kennedy, the former executive chef at military academy Sandhurst for all royal visits, will be cooking and serving free food at Northumbria University, Newcastle, on Friday.

The chef, who is now culinary director at education catering specialist Chartwells, will join university staff and other leading chefs at an interactive exhibition aimed at providing children and their parents with information about healthy living and increase awareness of the problems associated with a poor diet.

The Full of Beans event – hosted by Northumbria and run in partnership with Chartwells – is aimed at children and parents and is an opportunity for academics to share their research with the general public in a fun and accessible way. Mr Kennedy said: “We all know that eating well is good for us, but it isn’t easy to create tasty, healthy dishes when busy and on a budget. Through these exhibitions we hope to share simple cooking tips and spread the word about the advantages of healthy living.”

The two-day free event on Friday and Saturday, from 10am until 4pm, is part of this summer’s Great Exhibition of the North.