Rhyl's kitchen ready to serve up lessons

Kitchen for pupils opens after Covid delays ceremonies

Friday, 29th October 2021 — By Harry Taylor

Rhyl school kitchen

The ribbon is cut! (L to R): Asra, Inaya, Helen Connor (headteacher), Giorgio Locatelli (chef), Tayyiba, Tom Moggach (head of food education and outdoor learning), Bilal, Sallam

A MICHELIN star chef has opened a primary school’s new kitchen.

Modern facilities at Rhyl Community Primary School in Kentish Town were formally unveiled by Giorgio Locatelli following a £200,000 fundraising drive.

The kitchen has been built in a former car park and will be used to teach children how to cook. Fruit, vegetables and herbs are being grown in planters outside.

Food education and outdoor learning teacher Tom Moggach said: “The garden and the opening of the kitchen mean the children can see the journey from plot to plate, they can pick the vegetables and plants and then cook them – and that seems all the more urgent and important when you are working in an urban environment. It’s all the more important as well after the recent crisis around the supply chains, which has exposed some of the flaws in our food systems.”

The idea was triggered by a visit from chef Jamie Oliver and a host of celebrities for his “food revolution tour” in 2015, campaigning to make food education compulsory in classrooms.

The opening of the kitchen kitchen, which doubles as a social enterprise for the community, was delayed several times because of the pandemic.

Headteacher Helen Connor said: ”What [the children] learn from the kitchen is astounding, in every level of the curriculum.

“The joy and the pleasure they get – there are no words for it.”

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