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Edge Grove Prep pupils get cooking lesson from celebrity chef
A celebrity chef cooked up a storm at Edge Grove School on Saturday when he taught pupils how to make a three course meal.
TV chef Gino D’Acampo visited the school in Aldenham, to teach pupils aged 11 to 13 to cook signature Italian dishes including artichoke pizza, rice balls, bruschetta and pastries.
Ten pupils were chosen to have a Masterchef experience as they served up an Italian feast under the guidance of Gino during the official opening of Gino’s Kitchen Academy, a new home economics facility at the school.
Mr D’Acampo, who has two children at Edge Grove, has sponsored the new room in conjunction with manufacturer Zanussi.
Headmaster Ben Evans said: "We were thrilled to open the Gino D’Acampo Kitchen Academy with the chance for our pupils to cook alongside Gino himself.
"It was a wonderful opportunity for them to use the facilities and learn some Italian cooking tips as well as experience working under pressure. They rose to the challenge tremendously well and the whole school community is now looking forward to making the most of this exciting new facility."
On Saturday Gino told pupils to "keep smiling and always serve food with smile". As well as cooking techniques, he also gave the pupils tips, including how to hold a knife when walking, how to lay out food to look its best and how to fill pastry.
Mr Evans continued: "The introduction of home economics will give pupils life skills as well as helping them develop their cross-curricular skills in subjects such as maths, science and thinking skills."
"Our new kitchen couldn’t have come at a better time, considering Mary Berry’s recent comment that children should be taught cookery basics at school."
Marketing co-ordinator Joanna Morrison said: "Gino was a great mentor to them as well as a fantastic coach." "It’s a really exciting facility and a great honor to have Gino come down and teach the children how to cook."
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