Heston Blumenthal launches new Food and Nutrition GCSE

07 September 2015 by
Heston Blumenthal launches new Food and Nutrition GCSE

Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal has teamed up with exam board OCR to help draft a new GCSE designed to get young people engaged in cooking.

In line with the chef's own interest in molecular structures and culinary processes, the Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE will seek to engage students in the science behind food, allowing them to understand effects such as how eggs create a "stable emulsified sauce" (such as mayonnaise), and act as a "raising agent" (meringue).

Blumenthal has also appeared in a range of educational videos for the qualification, and has offered "Heston's hints" to appear in a new textbook accompanying the paper.

OCR is part of the Cambridge Assessment group, and is expected to open the two-year course to students at the beginning of the next academic year, 2016. The first examinations will take place in 2018.

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