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Restaurants open their doors to host school chefs

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Restaurants open their doors to host school chefs

Restaurants and hotels across the country have been welcoming school chefs into their kitchens

LACA’s Host a School Chef initiative, sponsored by Alaska Seafood, has seen more restaurants than ever sign up in 2019. The year kicked off at the Michelin-starred Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor who welcomed Julia Wood and Sally Hazlehurst (pictured, main image).

Hazlehurst said: “It was just wow from start to finish, absolutely mesmerising. It wasn’t just about cooking and serving food, it was about presenting diners with art on a plate.”

Meanwhile, Alyn Williams welcomed School Chef of the Year 2019 Steven Cross into his Michelin-starred kitchen at the Westbury hotel, Mayfair, and has planned a return visit to discuss recipe ideas for school food compliant fish dishes that will encourage pupils to enjoy more seafood.

Michelle Creed at Murano Mayfair

Others to take part include Rick Stein’s Sandbanks and Winchester restaurants, Angela Hartnett’s Murano in Mayfair, Glynn Purnell’s Purnell’s in Birmingham, Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly, and the Royal Garden hotel in Kensington.

Others set to host school chefs this year include Gleneagles hotel, Perthshire, Restaurant James Sommerin, Cardiff, and Cyrus Todiwala’s Café Spice Namaste in Whitechapel.

Any restaurants interested in hosting a school chef should call 0333 005 0226 or visit


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