Daniel McGarey, executive head chef at Royal Lancaster London, is partnering with Hallfield Primary School in Paddington as part of the ‘Adopt a School’ initiative from The Royal academy of Culinary Arts.
‘Adopt a School’, which incorporates both ‘Chef’s Adopt a School’ and ‘Hospitality in Schools’, is a national charity that was founded in 1990. The vision is to ensure that every child learns about food in a holistic sense and has the confidence to eat well, be healthy and happy.
The programme helps children to develop healthy eating habits and encourages enthusiasm and interest in food, cooking, food provenance and sustainability, as well as giving an insight into the hospitality industry. McGarey is part of a number of chefs and hospitality professionals who will deliver high quality food education in primary schools across the country.
As part of the scheme, chef McGarey will attend one session per term to teach children the basics of food and cookery without the need for cooking facilities. All that is required is the classroom.
“Adopt a school programme is a great programme to be part of and it enables me to teach children about healthy food and more importantly gives them the confidence to try new things,” he says. “As a chef, you get an opportunity to try so many different foods, so it is also another chance to teach what we know and help the development of a child’s future.
“At Royal Lancaster London we share so many of the same values that adopt a school has, such as sustainability and knowing the importance of food provenance, which we can now share with Hallfield School.”