School’s hub kitchen gets the Blanc thumbs up at open­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE son of celebrity chef Ray­mond Blanc vis­ited Bucks to of­fi­cially open a newly ex­tended kitchen at a Chal­font St Pe­ter school.

Oliver Blanc’s visit to St Joseph’s Catholic School, in Pri­ory Road, co­in­cided with World Food Day and fol­lows the school’s £15,000 ex­pan­sion, which took place this sum­mer.

Mr Blanc is the brains be­hind Henri Le Worm, an in­ter­net char­ac­ter who helps chil­dren en­gage with food.

The char­ac­ter is based on his fa­ther and is aimed at teach­ing young­sters about healthy eat­ing and fresh food, as Henri takes chil­dren through a mag­i­cal for­est while cook­ing recipes and ex­plor­ing foods.

Ray­mond Blanc owns the restau­rant Brasserie Blanc, in nearby Bea­cons­field.

Head­teacher Jo Marsh said: “We are de­lighted to wel­come Oliver Blanc to our school, along with the peo­ple who helped make this hap­pen.”

The school was one of the first ‘ hub’ kitchens in Buck­ing­hamshire, set up with a £150,000 in­vest­ment and sup­ported by Bucks County Coun­cil in its aim to feed chil­dren with a nu­tri­tious lunch ev­ery day.

The kitchen pro­duces 1,500 meals each day and dis­trib­utes them to 11 oth­ers in the county.

Head chef Paul Jef­ferys, said: “It is a very slick or­gan­i­sa­tion, pro­duc­ing fresh qual­ity food sourced from lo­cal sup­pli­ers daily – this is school meals a world away from our school meals.”

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