Pupils at Ravenscliffe taught by Michelin star chef

James Mackenzie

James Mackenzie, Chef and Proprietor at the Pipe & Glass in Beverley, ran a masterclass for the pupils.

MARTIN MOORMAN, the inspiring Headteacher at Ravenscliffe, hosted the opening of the Wooden Spoon Training Kitchen on 14 November.

The kitchen forms part of a broader project at the new Spring Hall facility in Halifax, designed to provide the more senior pupils at Ravenscliffe with the chance to learn life skills. The training kitchen sits immediately behind the Spring Hall Café which is open to the public and pupils who show an aptitude for catering work get a chance to hone their skills working alongside the experienced staff. Members of the Wooden Spoon Yorkshire committee were able to enjoy a mid-morning snack in the café whilst meeting some of the pupils.

James Mackenzie, Chef and Proprietor at the Pipe & Glass in Beverley, was our VIP guest who cut the ribbon and also ran a masterclass for the pupils. James holds a coveted Michelin star. He had the pupils hanging on his every word as he talked them through the preparation of a risotto and the secrets behind the perfect poached egg. Members of the Yorkshire Committee were on hand to taste the delicious results of the masterclass. We were left in no doubt that the new training kitchen will give some of these youngsters the confidence and real world experience to enter the adult world of work in catering.

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