MasterChef’s Gary Maclean is helping Scottish parents win the war on lunchboxes


SCOTLAND’s National Chef, MasterChef winner Gary Maclean has been working with Lidl to help inspire lunchboxes around the nation.

Despite parents often being accused of fueling the obesity crisis with sugary snacks, research reveals two thirds of parents feel confident in providing their child with a healthy and balanced packed lunch.

Scottish parents winning the war on lunchboxes
Scotland’s National Chef, Gary with his youngest son Harry preparing an array of colourful lunchboxes

Scottish parents are bucking the trend with over 70% regularly packing fruit and vegetables for their children’s lunches.

Despite this, many parents still say they are facing barriers to packing healthy lunchboxes citing cost (23%), lack of inspiration (13%) and convenience (16%) are barriers they face in packing a healthy lunchbox every day.

Scottish parents winning the war on lunchboxes
Colourful quinoa salad is on Gary’s list of healthy lunches

Taking the stress out of lunchboxes, Lidl has teamed up with Scotland’s National Chef, Gary Maclean, to share inspiration for children’s lunchboxes.

MasterChef Winner, Gary Maclean, said: “As a busy Dad of five, I’m often juggling a jam-packed schedule and have several go-to speedy lunchboxes that make sure the children have a colourful, balanced meal to take to school.

“From making extra homemade pesto pasta to pack for lunch the next day, to letting kids pack their own picnic, being organised in the kitchen is key to keeping food costs down.

Scottish parents winning the war on lunchboxes
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“My kids absolutely love getting involved in packing their lunchboxes and letting them choose a fresh roll from Lidl’s bakery or picking their own vegetables also encourages them to try something new.”

On the partnership, a Lidl spokesperson said: “Our recent survey results show that Scottish parents are packing healthy lunchboxes for the most part but they are short of time, lack inspiration and face cost barriers.

“We’re really excited to be partnering up with Gary to give busy Scottish parents easy tips and tricks to whip up quick and convenient lunchboxes that are affordable too.”

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