Tom Boucher, a National Restaurant Association board member, and chef Nicole Barreira have produced an interactive exhibit on food and meal preparation for children at the SEE Science Center, Manchester, N.H.
Boucher is owner and chief executive officer of Bedford, N.H.-based Great NH Restaurants; Barreira is its corporate chef. Their exhibit, “Science in the Kitchen with Chef Nicole,” features a child-sized kitchen where visitors wear chef hats and aprons and play with small stoves, sinks and refrigerators.
It offers information on the science behind nutritious eating.
Boucher’s restaurants participate in the NRA’s Kids LiveWell nutrition program, which highlights healthy menu items for children. He operates the Copper Door restaurant; five T-Bones Great American Eatery locations; and two Cactus Jack’s Great West Grill sites.
“Ever since (Barreira) came on, we’ve felt very strongly that we should have nutritious, delicious food available for children,” Boucher said in a news release. “We hope parents will get their kids to eat more healthfully.”
The exhibit opened Dec. 18 and there are plans to bring it to other children’s museums in New England.
The idea came from one of Boucher’s partners, who visited the center and wished it had an exhibit on nutrition and food safety science.
“I hope this interactive display will inspire everyone to enjoy cooking as much as I do,” Boucher said.