Westbury Street Holdings (WSH), the UK's largest independent food services management operator, has teamed up with the Academy of Culinary Arts to help school children develop better understanding of where food comes from.
Chefs from WSH's education catering businesses, Caterlink and Holroyd Howe, will take part in the Academy's Chefs Adopt a School (CAS) programme.
The academy's charitable project, CAS sees professional chefs visit schools to conduct workshops and teach children about taste, the provenance of ingredients and the journey from farm to fork.
John Bennett, chief operating officer for WSH's education businesses, commented: "The work of the Chefs Adopt a School project is fundamental in inspiring children at a young age to really understand food and how it gets from the farm to their plate.
"Educating children about healthy eating is a core strand within our catering offering and sits alongside our passion for delivering fresh, locally-sourced food, prepared by skilled chefs."
Sara Jayne Stanes (pictured), chief executive of the academy and CAS, said: "The Chefs Adopt a School project relies on support from the industry to help develop children's relationship with food, so we are looking forward to working closely with the chefs at Caterlink and Holroyd Howe to motivate more young people to explore and experiment with their food."
The new partnership complements the work WSH carries out to promote food education through its WSH Foundation charity, which provides funding for schools to create on-site kitchen gardens.
Bennett added: "The WSH Foundation's School Kitchen Garden Project enables us to teach children about the importance of freshly sourced ingredients and how they are grown, providing them with a hands-on approach to learning.
"Our education businesses are working hard to ensure that food is seen as a fun and exciting learning tool and it is hoped that both of these projects will help to establish lifelong skills from an early age."
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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