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