Chef Richard Hughes cooks up a treat at Wymondham’s Browick Road Primary School
- Credit: Sonya Duncan
Master chef Richard Hughes is used to training up-and-coming cooks, but rarely is his team as fresh-faced as this.
Pupils at Wymondham's Browick Road Primary School donned toques and aprons to bake bread with Mr Hughes, one of Norfolk's most famous chefs.
The lessons took place at the school's new 'nurture room', which was officially opened today by Mr Hughes and town mayor Joe Mooney.
The visit was part of a nationwide 'Chefs Adopt a School' programme, making Browick Road the first school in East Anglia to participate.
Mr Hughes, who is chef patron at Norwich's Assembly House and runs the Richard Hughes Cookery School, said: 'Browick Road Primary is a really forward-thinking school and its my pleasure to be adopting the school for 2017.
'Together with the teaching team our aim is to get the children excited about food, wellbeing and to prove that working with food is fun.'
Pauline McMullan, headteacher, said she was delighted with the visit.
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She said: 'Richard is a hugely engaging and passionate chef so we're delighted to have him involved at Browick. The children had great fun today making bread rolls and asked lots of questions'.
She added: 'Our new nurture space gives our children the opportunity to access the curriculum in a small and safe environment. This helps increase confidence and enables children to succeed'.
The nurture room was installed as part of £500,000 of upgrades over three years to complete the school's conversion from an infant school to a primary school teaching children from Year R to Year 6.
Mr Mooney, who is also county councillor for Wymondham, said: 'The county council wants every child in Norfolk to have access to a fantastic education so they can reach their full potential at school.
'The nurture room at Browick School here in Wymondham is a great example of how that can be achieved and it's fantastic to see it up and running in such a unique way in our town.'
The pupils will also make an excursion to the Richard Hughes Cookery School in February next year, and the chef is also planning a return visit to the school.