Mayor of Wandsworth attends Adopt a School session at local school

Publish Date: September 26, 2018 Posted By: Alys Bannister

On 21st September, The Worshipful the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Piers McCausland, joined Year 4 students at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Battersea in a taste and sensory session delivered by Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ Adopt a School chef and Master of Culinary Arts, Idris Caldora.

Chef Idris engaged the children in an interactive taste and sensory activity where they discovered the joy of tasting food by exploring their five senses and four tastes. Over the course of the session, the children were encouraged try new tastes, or try foods which they thought they did not like, such as tomatoes. At the end of the session, one child exclaimed "I used to think I didn't like lemons, but today I tried them and now I really like them!"

Food provenance and healthy eating is the key message with a focus on the importance of a balanced diet and the risks of too much salt and sugar. Chef Idris has been working with St. Mary’s Primary School for a number of years and will return to deliver two further sessions over the next academic year, including knife skills and breadmaking. 

Through Adopt a School, a cross-curricular programme, Idris and chefs from restaurants and hotels all around the country teach over 15,000 children about food and nutrition, practical cookery skills, breadmaking, sustainability and offer an insight into the hospitality industry.

Sara Jayne Stanes OBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Adopt a School said: “Food education is key to giving young people the knowledge, practical skills and ability to be responsible for their wellbeing and to adopt a healthier lifestyle through informed choice. This is why programmes like Adopt a School are so important."