Local School Cooks to Spend a Day with Michelin Star Chef

Local School Cooks to Spend a Day with Michelin Star Chef

Two local school chefs have been invited to spend the day working with Michelin Star Executive Chef Simon Radley and his brigade in the kitchens of the 5-star Chester Grosvenor Hotel on Thursday 21st February. The hotel has held an unbroken Michelin Star since 1990 alongside 4 AA Rosettes, showing an incredible commitment to the very highest standards.

Gaynor Burns, Catering Supervisor at Barnston Primary School in Heswall and Julia Wood, Assistant Cook at Weaverham High School in Northwich, won a competition to be part of the national promotional programme, ‘Host a School Chef’ sponsored by Alaska Seafood. Basically Host a School Chef is the platform for education caterers to have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge away from the school kitchen, in the world of haute cuisine.

Gaynor and Julia are employed by Edsential, the Community Interest Company founded jointly by Cheshire West and Chester and Wirral Councils to provide a range of services to the education sector across the regions, school catering being one of them.

Edsential ran the competition for their schools during National School Meals Week in November last year, which asked their catering teams to submit a photograph of their ‘Roast Dinner’. Two winning entries were selected to experience life in the kitchen of the region’s only 5 star hotel.

Gaynor and Julia were absolutely thrilled to have been declared winners and said: –

“We are delighted to be given this opportunity to spend the day with Chester Grosvenor Executive Chef Simon Radley and his team and have been counting down the days since we returned to school after the Christmas break. “

Tracy Moore, Head of Catering at Edsential added:

“Well done to Gaynor and Julia, whose continued hard work made them worthy winners of our ‘National Roast Dinner Day’ competition. Professionally it offers our staff the chance to see first-hand how a restaurant kitchen operation operates and to work alongside a team that delivers at the top of its game every single day.”

Edsential deliver over 28,000 school meals every day to Primary and Secondary schools across Cheshire West and Wirral boroughs. Children – our customers – are the harshest critics and will very quickly make it known if they don’t like their food. Thankfully they keep coming back for more as we see our numbers grow year-on-year.

For us there is no better reward than seeing an empty plate.

To follow the day itself, follow @EdsentialUK on Twitter