National Chef of the Year Kuba Winkowski Joins Adopt a School

Publish Date: November 8, 2019 Posted By: Alys Bannister

We are proud to announce our latest chef-volunteer flying the flag for Adopt a School’s food education programme!

Adopt a School is proud to relate that Kuba Winkowski, the Craft Guild of Chef’s 2019 National Chef of the Year, and former Head Chef at The Feathered Nest Inn, has ‘adopted’ Bourton on the Water Primary Academy in Cheltenham as part of the Royal Academy of Culinary of Culinary Arts Adopt a School Trust. Kuba is one of the latest chefs to fly the flag for Adopt a School, joining a brigade of hospitality professionals delivering Adopt a School sessions in local schools from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands.

While it was at the Cook’s Prize Giving earlier this year when Sara Jayne Stanes met Kuba who had been invited as Chef of the Year and the subject of Adopt a School was enthusiastically discussed, in fact it was at Le Manoir when Kuba had been introduced to the programme.  Kuba, had worked under Raymond Blanc OBE and Gary Jones at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons when he was originally introduced to the Adopt a School Programme by Gary Jones who has also delivered Adopt a School sessions to Chalgrove Primary School for the past ten years.  “Immediately I liked the idea of reaching possible new talents, as well as educating others in the very early stage of their development. I believe that knowledge of food is one of the most important things in our lives, as we all need to eat. In the current school curriculum there is almost no foundation for this vital education, so as a chef I feel this is my responsibility to step in.”

Reflecting on his first session at Bourton on the Water Primary Academy, which took place in September 2019, Kuba said “I was surprised how challenging it was to stand at front of the group of six to seven year old children, however, the clear guidance and training provided by Idris [Caldora] and Adopt a School made it much easier - the whole team behind the programme is so inspirational; they are so passionate that it is contagious!”

Kuba recommends that all chefs in the industry ought to join the Adopt a School Programme. “The experience is massively rewarding and I feel extremely happy to have this opportunity….I can’t think of anything more exciting and rewarding than helping others to discover things they didn’t know existed. I would like to encourage chefs to join the programme, to help shape the future of the society and our amazing industry.”

As the Adopt a School Programme sees hospitality professionals working with one year group across the entire academic year, Kuba will continue delivering food education sessions to his ‘adopted’ school in the New Year.