The pupils were delighted to be greeted by Shereen (our previous school cook and award winning chef) who then introduced her staff.
Karis (a nutritionist) gave a talk on the five main food groups and their nutritional value. A beautifully displayed box of vegetables and fresh herbs were identified and their health benefits were discussed.
Shereen, then gave a health and safety talk covering: What to do in case of fire, hygiene- why hand washing is so important when handling food, which colour chopping boards to use with different food groups, how to use safety gloves woven with steel to protect your hands from cuts when using sharp knives in the kitchen and finally how to secure a chopping board safely on a work -top.
A demonstration followed, on how to make turkey meatballs in tomato sauce.This was a master class in cooking skills, which included how to finely chop an onion and red chillies. This was followed by how to season and cook your meat and sauce.
Trevon, a Year Six pupil gave a top tip, “Follow the lines on the onion when cutting.”
Trevon’s top tip number two was, “Don’t touch your face after chopping chilli.”
All the staff were impressed with the skills our pupils showed preparing and cooking, whilst paying attention to all the health and safety rules in the kitchen.
Here are some quotes:
“It taught me how to cook and prepare, chop and cook, before this lesson, I only knew how to cook an egg sunny-side up.” Zuzanna.
“I learnt about different food groups and what is beneficial. I can now cook fancy meat balls; my mum only cooks basic ones.” Sofia.
“An exciting day of cooking learnt lots, like what colour chopping boards to use with meat, fish or vegetables.” Sarah.
“I learnt how to make proper meat balls in sauce.” Boaz.
“An exciting morning crammed with learning, where every child was immersed in their activity.” Mr Owen a Year Six parent.
Thank you to The Lewisham Training Kitchen for imparting our pupils with valuable life skills and a passion for cooking and preparing fresh food.