A local chef has been delivering a free crash course in cooking and nutrition to pupils at a Staffordshire school as part of a nationwide healthy eating initiative.
John Whittle shares his skills with Thistley Hough academy pupils through the national Chefs Adopt a School Scheme.
Visiting during food studies sessions, Whittle – executive chef at Staffordshire university – has been teaching the pupils all aspects of catering, from preparing food to serving skills.
The scheme, introduced by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, focuses on developing knowledge of healthy eating, nutrition, advanced practical cookery and culinary careers.
“Teaching children about the food they eat and how to cook it is essential so that they can make the right food choices,” Whittle says. “It is an essential life skill that can impact the rest of their lives.
“It also has a knock-on effect, as they then share that knowledge with parents and friends, ultimately improving the health of families throughout the region.”
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