Caroline Spelman MP, the local constituency MP and cabinet minister, attended to cook along with the children at Ram Hall Farm just outside Coventry.
Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) are working with The Academy of Culinary Arts to produce the scheme which aims at educating KS2 Primary School children about cooking and food production. A professional chef assists the children in making their lunch on the farm.
Ms Spelman attended the day and was involved in all aspects of the scheme. She and a class of children from the local primary school toured the farm, saw Berkswell sheep’s cheese being produced, and learnt about its journey from ewe to shop shelves. Ms Spelman also joined Chef Caldora in a lesson which saw the children using the cheese to make a delicious Tomato Tarte and Greek Salad.
Some of the children commented that it had been the best school visit they had ever been on and now had a better understanding of where their food came from. Teachers were also impressed by the day stating that it was a joy to see their pupils learning through physically engaging methods.
The project, an initiative of FACE and The Academy of Culinary Arts ‘Chefs Adopt a School’ charity has kindly been supported by the West Midlands NFU which helped with funding for ingredients and transport for the schools to the farm.
It is hoped the programme can continue next year too following the great success at a number of farms.