Laurieton United Services Club head chef Jason Bird teaches kids how to make sushi during school holidays

Hastings kids have studied the fine art of sushi making under the guidance of head chef Jason Bird.

Around 25 youngsters made their own sushi during a Junior Masterchef session at the Laurieton United Services Club (LUSC) on Thursday, January 2.

Mr Bird who coordinates a team of five chefs and four cooks at LUSC said making sushi is not a complicated process, but you can muck it up a million ways.

"Sushi is definitely more popular with the kids than what I thought it would be," he said.

"I recommend cooking the rice slowly and once it's cooling down that's when you add vinegar and seasoning to it."

LUSC secretary manager Robert Dwyer said the sushi session is quite fun and gives kids a good skill set.

"We put on activities throughout the school holidays. We try to give the kids some different activities rather than staying at home on their phones," he said.

"Sushi is obviously a trending food for young kids at the moment. It's a food that kids are more interested in and you can see they are all paying attention.

"I think it's also expressing the importance of nutrition rather than fried foods. They can talk to their friends or parents about flavours of sushi.

"Certainly sushi is everywhere now in Port Macquarie and other areas so it is very familiar to them."

The next Junior Masterchef sessions are at 3.30pm on January 9, 16 and 23. Children age 8 to 15 can take part by booking to attend.

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