Stella Fairn 07979692913 London - West London


Welcome to Kiddy Cook in the London . Our award-winning cooking & baking classes and workshops introduce children to a variety of ingredients and help them to prepare delicious, healthy recipes to take home and cook. Here at Kiddy Cook, we’re dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people across the UK by inspiring them to have fun with food, while instilling the importance of healthy eating as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Meet Kiddy Cook in the London

My name is Stella and I am delighted to be running Kiddy Cook West London.

I have a family that includes two wonderful teenage daughters and a lovely husband who travels a lot for work, plus a cat and a hungry labrador - all of whom love eating well. which means I know very well how hectic lives really add to the challenges of providing tasty healthy food that suits everyone.

I grew up in Panama in an environment where food was a warm, social, tasty event. I remember the smell of my grandma and mum’s cooking which would made my mouth water and in turn gave me the motivation to pass on the experience to my daughters and hopefully to the children I teach in Kiddy Cook.

Having a background in nutrition has helped me understand the effect that food has in one’s body; therefore, I truly believe that having good healthy eating habits since an early age can have a beneficial effect to a person’s life. The more exposed a child gets to a wide range of variety of foods and textures the more willing he/she will be to try.

I have been running after school clubs for Kiddy Cook in the Twickenham area which helped me understand more about the business, so when the opportunity to get my own franchise in the West London area came up, I did not hesitate to grab it. It is about giving a child the opportunity to explore and enjoy food while having fun.


One Journey, 15 Girls...

In September, I’ll be starting one of the most exciting projects of my life (outside of Kiddy Cook or course), I’ll be volunteering my time and knowledge with the Spanish non- profit organisation UDANA in Kathmandu, Nepal (   This Charity helps 15 vulnerable girls/young women from rural areas who are at high risk of exclusion to get access to education by providing shelter, food and all their basic needs in Kathmandu.

Allow me to explain.

It all started…

 Back on May at the launch of ‘Gazing Red2Blue’, a concept that helps to build mental resilience and developed by Gazing Performance (,   I was listening to Adriana Brownlee, a 21 year old English climber who is attempting to climb the 14 highest mountains (8000+metters) in the world in 18 months – she’s already successfully climbed  10 – She spoke about the importance of implementing useful tools to help building mental resilience even from an early age. Apart from being an incredible climber, Adriana, is also a Red2Blue ambassador and has done a bit of work with Udana-Nepal empowering vulnerable young girls.

Unfortunately, even now in the 21st century, we are still experiencing discrimination because of gender, sexual preference, social caste, religious and political beliefs, which are also a problem in Nepal.

Without organisations like Udana, these girls will have no access to the basic human’s rights like education and health care that we normally take for granted in modern societies.

Education, Education, Education

While I was listening to Adriana, so down to earth and matter of fact, everything started falling into place reaffirming one of my strongest beliefs: education and knowledge are the starting point if we want a change. I knew then that I wanted to contribute to that change.

Buy promoting access to quality education in a safe environment, Udana girls can develop & blossom and increase their chances to a better future. Awareness of an outside world apart from their villages, can help these girls feel valued, find their own voice, gain skills with the likelihood of having a place in the Nepali society. All these in the hope that not only their generation but others to come can follow their path.

Yes, I know that things are not as simple or easy as we would like them to be. There are a lot of challenges that these vulnerable girls/women face and have to overcome every day. I also know that changes do not happen overnight, but I do know we have to start somewhere because doing nothing is definitely not an option.

Keep reading to see what I mean…


Nepal has seen its fair list of challenges: natural disasters like the earthquake in 2015 that costed thousands of lives and millions of USD - poverty, lack of skills, traditions, religious beliefs, summed together make a fertile ground for human trafficking, illegal migration, labour exploitation, sexual and domestic abuse.

Historically, Nepali society has been mainly patriarchal with the main population to be Hindu. According to tradition and religion, men go out to work while women are to look after the family, doing all the house chores and in rural areas all the farming. This explains why there still is, especially in remote parts, disparity when it comes to gender (women considered to be inferior) social caste, access to education and health care. Women from these areas are an easy target for traffickers with their fake promises and fraudulent practices. Sadly, some of the families of these young girls/women give everything they have to the smugglers and in some cases, these girls are even sold by their own people with the hope of acquiring a better life.

The good news is that over the last few years there has been progress in Nepal with regards women’s rights and gender equality. The Constitution of Nepal 2015 states Nepal’s commitment to guarantee women’s rights and their right to education, health, employment, equal pay, property rights and participation in government bodies.

However, there is still work to be done, especially in remote rural areas, when it comes to law enforcement. Despite the law, people there are more likely to continue with their practices as the fear that something bad will happen if they stop, is stronger.

One of these practices is ‘chhaupadi, a form of seclusion for menstruating women. The belief is that period blood is impure, and women should be isolated, banished from their homes, sent to huts or sheds that their families built especially for them. Menstruating women are not allowed to mix with other people/family members or touch food/water while having their period.

As Sophie Cousins explains in her article “In Nepal Tradition is killing Women” when talking about chhaupadi

“Some of the spaces women as young as 12 are sent to are as small as a closet and so uncomfortably narrow that only one person can squeeze inside. The huts are made of mud and straw, and in the winter, when temperatures drop below freezing, there’s little women can do to protect themselves against the harsh Himalayan weather.

Girls Breaking the Cycle

 In my opinion one of the biggest challenge these girls face is changing the stigma around their gender, merely a subject needed for reproduction and work. Again, if we start by educating these girls from an early age, they can start seeing themselves as equal human beings who deserve to be treated with respect and dignity and hopefully, we can start seeing a difference. Otherwise, it’d be fair to say, if one does not know any better, most likely that one accepts their reality whatever crude or unjust it may be. Changes will not happen unless we break the cycle.

 It does take more than knowledge to break a cycle, it also takes courage, determination and willingness from the people involved. Take a look at what Sanjeeta, Udana’s oldest girl had to say during their lockdown:

“Due to the Covid crisis, we are all suffering worldwide. However, I am enjoying and learning to live everyday life in my village. Here the people are engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry, so we, the villagers, are working and farming only for survival since due to the confinement, transportation and trade are complicated. Even so, this period has given me the opportunity to think about the growth and development of my village, before the quarantine I had no considered it. So I dedicate 2 hours of my morning to teach the children in my area. I feel very happy when they show so much enthusiasm to learn and I feel lucky to have this small opportunity to educate them and enjoy with them”

Because it matters

I think we can all agree that Sanjeeta is an inspiration to others and a clear example of how education can have a knock-on effect on people’s lives.

Therefore, it’s essential to plant the voice of freedom in people’s minds, nurture it with effective measures and awareness programs that tackle the main issues in order to collect the fruits of a more equal society. Because women’s rights matters.

As a woman and a mother of 2 young women who are finding their path in this world, I understand the importance of empowering young girls, so they are able to thrive in their communities.

I can’t wait until I say ‘NAMASTE’ -hello in Nepali – to these girls in September. Sure, I’ll miss my family, my dog and cat but the thought that these 15 girls will be my family for the next few weeks and the outcome of that relationship, puts a big smile on my face.

 I’m really looking forward to knowing more about each of these amazing, resilient girls, their beautiful country and enigmatic culture.

Watch this space if you want to know about my journey in Nepal and my experiences with the Udana girls.

Wed Aug 24, 2022

Supporting Children & Young People Building Mental Skills

Identifying mindset as a skill that can be learned and practiced and keeping our attention on things that matters, especially when under pressure/stress, is the difference between moving forward and getting stuck.
As part of our commitment to look after the health and wellbeing of young people we are now able to offer the Red2Blue training programme for headteachers, teachers and students.

Not only can Red2Blue give us the techniques to cope when feeling under pressure, but it can also help us to DO well when it matters.

We are offering a FREE taster session to our Schools on bookings before 31 May 2021.

Contact us to find out more.

I Don't Like Fish!

Teriyaki Salmon with rice & broccoli - made by my 20yr old daughter at Uni. This was one of her midweek dinners. I was so proud of her when she sent me this picture because she's not only cooking for herself and her house mates but she is also eating FISH!

This is the same girl that when she was around 7-8 yrs old, one day at the dinner table said: Mum, I do not like fish...completely out of the blue, I didn't understand because until then she had always eaten fish, so why the sudden change???

It's so normal for children to say 'I do not like' - certain foods - but exposing children to a variety of food can help them feel more comfortable with different tastes, textures & smells and hopefully become more adventurous.

While it's no always possible to have choices, when it's possible to experience these choices it can be truly helpful for developing a better relationship with food. Our After School Clubs and School Workshops present the perfect opportunity to do just that.

In a fun/educational way, children get the chance to discover a variety of foods.

So while its not always clear to understand children's likes and dislikes, the exposure to these foods allows them to make good choices in the future!


What people say...

N Family Club - London - Mar - 2021 Stella, just calling to say thanks for today's were a wonderful host and it looked like the families really enjoyed it
- Dec - 2020 Wanted to say a huge thank you for such a fantastic party on Saturday to celebrate Grace’s birthday. Such fun, so easy to follow, you made it very special for Grace and all the girls. Lucy absolutely loved it (and Sophie in the background)! All the mums exchanged notes on WhatsApp after the party and said how brilliant it was and you were. Brownies were delicious too
~Lara, Lucy's mum
Farnham - England - Jul - 2020 The cooking sessions with Stella are fun and great for kids of all ages who want to experiment with cooking. Katy Custard is brilliant so I’m sure younger kids will be inspired. Stella is excellent, giving clear instructions as well as making the sessions educational
~Antonia, Lucy's mum
Toronto-Canada - Jun - 2020 Thank you Stella for sharing this time with the kids during the pandemic. My kids (6) and (9) years old, loved the cooking lessons from day one. You kept them interested throughout the class. It was fun, interactive and very practical. The skills they are building through this program will be useful for life! I love seeing how their interest in cooking is growing as they learn new ingredients and combinations. Cant wait to join the next class. Did I mention lunch was ready by 11:00 am? Priceless!!!
~Ydania, Marcio (9) and Viviana's (6) mum
- Apr - 2020 Dear Stella,Thank you very much for the cooking class. David really enjoyed it and is very proud of his muffins. We just had tea and devoured them!
~Marta, David's mum
London The Eatwell plate workshop was interesting and informative for all year groups from reception to year five. All of the girls thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the workshop and learnt a lot about the different food groups. Each class was able to decide what they would like to put into their pasta salad and use a knife to cut their chosen vegetables into smaller pieces. Bernadette had a very friendly nature and happily answered the girls questions.
~Queens College Preparatory School pleased we are with the outstanding service you have given us. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves with the cooking workshops and learnt about new foods. Staff and parents also commented on how the children have enjoyed themselves...Thank you for the week spent
~Southfield Primary

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