The Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow, Councillor Nisar Malik, has opened a £250,000 Creative Kitchen facility funded by Chartwells, Compass Group UK & Ireland’s specialist provider of catering to the education sector.
The investment by Chartwells is part of the Feeding Futures joint venture with the London Borough of Hounslow, producing meals for the borough’s schools that currently do not have cooking facilities.
The Chartwells Creative Kitchen will provide an educational hub for students and parents; supporting schools in delivering hands-on cookery sessions that go beyond the kitchen with assemblies, workshops and tutorials.
Learning about cooking and nutrition is now part of the National Curriculum and the new project will offer programmes tailored to schools to get young people’s creative juices flowing, introducing them to the wonderful world of good food and cooking.
Also open to members of the local community, people will have the opportunity to learn to cook from scratch, or develop their skills to make tasty, nutritious meals at home. Sessions will include “Dough and Bread Making”, “Pizza Making” and a “Five a Day” course which will teach young people about the nutritional benefits of the foods that they will be cooking with and encourage them to make healthier lifestyle choices.
The kitchen will also serve as a training hub to Chartwells staff, offering sessions for their frontline teams on cookery, presentation and health and safety among other things.
Leanne Turk, Training and Development Chef for Chartwells said: “I will look to bring my wealth of experience from working in fine dining kitchens across Europe, including the Gaillac in France and at Gordon Ramsay Holdings, into the training kitchen. Nothing satisfies me more than seeing young students trying and enjoying new foods, learning new and interesting facts about nutrition and creating new food memories.”
The Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow, Councillor Nisar Malik said: “This joint venture is a great opportunity for Hounslow residents. I can’t wait to see the positive impact that this will have on the community, and urge everyone to make the most of the resources on offer.”