Maison Bleue Adopt a School Week...
Maison Bleue & the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts launches National Adopt a School Week 6th-10th February 2017
Pascal Canevet, alongside award-wining chefs, restaurateurs and hoteliers from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) will go back to school in February to deliver food and front of house education lessons to school children throughout the UK.
From 6th-10th February, schools across the UK will be visited by industry heroes, all members of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, who will be promoting food education and helping children to appreciate hospitality and good nutrition from a young age.
East Anglia will be represented by celebrated chef patron Pascal Canevet of Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds. Pascal has adopted Westley School, in Bury St Edmunds; offering free practical sessions, on how to prepare and cook healthy seasonal ingredients, understanding the importance of buying local produce, baking bread, laying a table and visiting his renowned restaurant kitchen.
Whilst helping youngsters to appreciate hospitality from a young age Pascal also hopes to inspire.
“It’s a great opportunity to share my passion for taste, nutrition and provenance of good food. There’s nothing like the delight of seeing a child really taste something for the first time and start to understand the fine balance of flavour and develop their senses” Pascal Canevet The first food education session with Pascal is on Monday 6 February 2017 at Westley School, Bury St Edmunds. IP33 3JB - 01284 755144
Pascal Canevet is a longstanding judge for the annual Rotary Young Chef Awards and is very supportive of hospitality students and young chefs voluntarily working with WSC level 1-3 to create a unique celebration dinner later in the year.
Albert Roux and chef Michael Mathieson of Chez Roux Restaurants will represent Scotland; Raymond Blanc and Gary Jones of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons will visit their adopted school in Oxfordshire; chefs Phil Howard, Giorgio Locatelli, royal chef Mark Flanagan and Adam Byatt will represent London.
With industry skills shortages and the UK obesity crisis continuing to swell, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts is hoping its programme will benefit all involved and will be well supported. Launched as a national charity in 1990, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ Adopt a School Trust informs primary children about food, cookery, food provenance and growing, healthy eating, nutrition, hygiene and the importance of eating together. Academy chefs and hospitality professionals deliver sessions ranging from taste and sensory to advance practical cookery and front of house, in the classroom, in restaurants and on farms.
Adopt a School recognises that a child’s development is crucial for their future health and well-being. The programme has adopted an innovative approach to tackling health inequalities by giving children the knowledge to improve their own health and wellbeing, as well as supporting parents and teachers to embed healthy eating messages in schools and at home.
Chairman of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and executive chef of the Ritz, John Williams, said: “Adopt a School perfectly complements everything the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts stands for – it promotes food education and helps youngsters to appreciate hospitality from a young age. I endorse National Adopt a School Week and its supporters.”
Since its inception, the Adopt a School Trust estimates that it has reached some half a million children.