Members of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) are preparing to go back to school next week to deliver food and front-of-house education lessons as part of the charity's first official National Adopt a School Week.
During 6-10 February, more than 45 chefs will deliver 55 food and front-of-house education sessions in 26 schools across the UK. More than 1,500 school children will benefit from the food education classes.
Among the chefs taking part in the initiative are Gary Jones of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Phil Howard of Elystan Street, Giorgio Locatelli of Locanda Locatelli, Adam Byatt of Trinity, Salt Yard group's Ben Tish, Dominic Chapman of the Beehive and James Golding of the Pig.
National Adopt a School Week is being supported by CCS, Woods Food Service, Natoora, Gleneagles, Lexington, Chewton Glen and Essential Cuisine. In addition, chefs Byatt and Tish are adding £1 on to customers' bills to fundraise for the charity during the five-day event, while Essential Cuisine is running a promotion with profits going to Adopt a School.
Launched as a national charity in 1990, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts' Adopt a School Trust informs primary children about food, cookery, food provenance and growing, healthy eating, nutrition, hygiene and the importance of eating together. Academy chefs and hospitality professionals deliver sessions ranging from taste and sensory to advance practical cookery and front of house, in the classroom, in restaurants and on farms.
Since its inception, the Adopt a School Trust estimates that it has reached hundreds of thousands of children. The charity receives no government funding and relies upon the goodwill of its members, supporters and sponsors to raise funds.
The initiative will be launched this Thursday at a reception at the Residence of the French Ambassador to the UK.
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