Chefs Adopt a School was founded in 1990 by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts - Britain's leading professional association of head chefs, head pastry chefs, restaurant managers and suppliers. It is a national charity which teaches children, in a holistic way, about food, food provenance, food growing, healthy eating, nutrition, hygiene and cookery. Professional chefs deliver sessions in the classroom which range in content from the four tastes and five senses to advanced practical cookery.
Sara Jayne Stanes, OBE and Chief Executive of The Royal Academy of Arts talks about the primary school children that have been introduced to a new way of looking at food with a quote from a young boy in Scotland “When Albert Roux came to see us, I learnt to always try the food and appreciate that you got anything. So guys, be grateful to anyone who cooks you food even if it’s something you have not tried. I will never forget what Albert Roux told me. If he is looking at this, thanks to him.”
The charity reaches over 21,000 children every year working with primary, secondary, Special Educational Needs and hospital schools as well as pupil referral units, sports centres and food festivals.