A state-of-the-art cookery facility at a Fleetwood school has been given the seal of approval by the head of one of the country’s leading supermarket chains.
The Rossall Kitchen at Rossall School was officially opened by Edwin Booth, head of Booths supermarkets, who told guests about the teas that were served when he played rugby against the school as a student at Oundle School.
Visitors to the opening were treated to a medley of food based songs performed by the junior school choir, before tucking into a sumptuous spread.
The new kitchen has been created to help students in Years 7 to 9 develop their culinary skills as part of the new Senior School curriculum.
Pupils will use the facilities to learn practical cookery skills and build an understanding of the provenance, seasonality and nutritional value of food.
It’s hoped the subject will eventually become an examined GCSE and sixth form option at Rossall.
The new kitchen is also being used for after school cookery clubs, and it’s hoped the space will become a leading venue for cookery courses and demonstration events in the Fylde area.
The Rossall Kitchen also provides a ‘cookery theatre’ area for the teacher to carry out demonstrations.
A digital projector and camera above the demonstration area means large audiences can see preparation work being carried out clearly.
Around the edge of the room, cooking bays are set out for the pupils to work individually or together to recreate dishes.
Headteacher Elaine Purves said: “The Rossall Kitchen is a fantastic new learning space and will have a positive impact on the students’ abilities as cooks as well as helping to expand their knowledge of food provenance and nutrition.
“We also aim to use the space to host cookery events for staff, parents and the wider community and hope to attract some interesting and exciting partners to work with us on this venture.”