Crossbasket Castle Head Chef helps Coatbridge school kids cook up a storm

School children from Coatbridge are set to become the latest protégés of legendary chef Albert Roux OBE, KFO as part of his Chefs Adopt a School programme.

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Pupils at St Monica's Primary School in Coatbridge have been developing new skills from one of the country's top chefs as part of a national programme.

They've been learning  about the importance of healthy eating and how to engage all of the senses to explore food groups from Idris Caldora from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Service and Aaron Sobey from Crossbasket Castle in Blantyre.

The visit was part of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Service, 'Chefs Adopt a School' programme, a national charity which aims to inspire children to get hands-on in the kitchen with the help of expert mentors.

Jacqueline Rafferty, St Monica's Primary School head teacher, said: "Our pupils are really looking forward to learning more about healthy eating and cooking as part of the Chefs Adopt a School programme. The first session went really well and we're looking forward to the next session already."

Students also took on a taste challenge using different flavoured jellies to try and identify the five tastes. They will have the opportunity to build on these new skills with follow up sessions throughout the year.

Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, said: "Across Scotland I've partnered my restaurants with local schools and I'm excited to welcome St Monica's Primary School to the Chefs Adopt a School initiative.

"This marks our eighth adopted school in Scotland, we're really looking forward to introducing the children to the wonderful natural larder on their doorstep and to share with them the passion my team and I have for food."

The Chefs Adopt a School initiative reaches over 20,000 primary and secondary children across the UK every year with a host of industry experts adopting schools and sharing their invaluable knowledge and talents.

Albert Roux OBE, KFO, is head of the famous cooking dynasty behind renowned London restaurant Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in the UK awarded three Michelin Stars. The Albert and Michel Roux Jr restaurant opened at Crossbasket Castle in Blantyre in 2016 and is one of two co-branded Scottish restaurants from the father and son duo.

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