The UK's largest independent catering firm, Westbury Street Holdings (WSH), has sponsored the Restaurant Project, a school dining event developed by Galvin at Windows general manager Fred Sirieix and Cinnamon Club founder Vivek Singh.
The project, held at Edmund Waller Primary School in Lewisham, London, aims to capture the imagination of primary school children and raise the profile of catering and hospitality careers as a credible choice for young people.
Pupils from year six worked alongside Sirieix and Singh for two nights last week to run their very own restaurant at the school.
The 10-year-olds were given the opportunity to have hands-on experience of a busy kitchen with Indian cuisine chef Singh, before the dishes were passed to Sirieix and his "front of house" team, who were tasked with serving the three-course meal to their parents and teachers.
John Bennett, chief operating officer for WSH's education businesses, commented: "It's vital that children are educated about food service and hospitality at a young age to ensure the next generation aspire to be industry ambassadors like Fred and Vivek. I'm certain that the Restaurant Project will be an inspirational education tool for other schools."
Fred Sirieix, general manager at the Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin at Windows on London's Park Lane, said: "Teaching children the art of this profession is extremely important if we want to grow and enhance the industry and what better way to educate than to install a pop-up restaurant at school?
"The children had an incredible and enriching experience that opened their eyes to the industry and gave them a taste of what it can offer them in the future - a credible career."
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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