Booths Garstang Support ‘Chefs Adopt a School’

Written on July 26th, 2017

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In January 2017 our Booths Garstang store chose to support the ‘Chefs Adopt a School’ programme, an inspiring initiative from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. The programme encourages local children to try their hand at cooking, and learn more about food provenance and preparation.

The store were able to donate over £3000 to fund food education activities in four local schools; Garstang Community Academy, Garstang Community Primary St Mary and St Michael Primary School, Garstang St Thomas. Last week, Booths celebrated the achievements of the children involved in the project with a huge community awards ceremony in store, with over 100 guests. The ceremony featured live cooking from three high school students, and judging of a sandwich creation competition – the results of which will be sold for a limited time in the store cafe. You can view the photo album from the evening on our facebook page by clicking here.

In addition to supporting the programme, the store has chosen to donate £1,000 from their carrier bag sales to the programme too. Since the introduction of the 5p carrier bag charge by the government, which aims to “reduce the use of single-use plastic carrier bags, and the litter associated with them, by encouraging people to re-use bags,” retailers donate the proceeds from the sales to good causes. Our stores choose which causes to support and so are able to concentrate on needs in their local area.

Garstang Store Manager John Reynolds said,

Booths chose to make donations from funds generated by customers purchasing carrier bags to local charities and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to support our local schools and improve children’s understanding and enjoyment of food. We held the awards ceremony to celebrate the wonderful achievements of the children and to taste some of their outstanding food. We were overwhelmed with the turnout on the night and it was fantastic to see all the children crowding around to learn and watch, they couldn’t get enough of it. It was a fantastic event which we were very proud to have been involved in.

NW Regional Chef James Holden, who co-ordinated the project and delivered the food education sessions alongside Booths’ Specialist Manager Olivia Belshaw, herself a trained pastry chef, said,

It has been fantastic to work with Booths and these four schools to inspire and teach young people more about food provenance, nutrition, and prep. Of those involved in the programme, several of them are now seriously considering pursuing food related careers and will be taking part in a regional chef competition, Springboard Future Chef, which is wonderful.

Kirsty Meadows, teacher at Garstang Community Academy said,

Watching our pupils learn from James and Olivia was fantastic. The quality of the cooking was phenomenal and even though I expect the best from my kids, it even surprised me! Booths funded the whole project and without their help the courses would not have happened.

A big thanks to all involved for making the partnership a huge success!