Tom Kerridge to open new cookery classroom in Churchdown

Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge will be returning to his Gloucestershire roots when he opens a new kitchen classroom at Churchdown Village Junior School.

The cookery room will open on Monday, October 6 and will be used to deliver food preparation, cookery skills and healthy eating education.

It will also be used as a resource centre for teaching maths, English and science to children across the school.

All 240 pupils at the school will use the new room to get cooking as part of the government’s new drive to deliver cookery at key stage two.

Former Saintbridge pupil Tom has won worldwide acclaim at his Michelin star gastro pub The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, and will be cutting the ribbon at the new facility.

Mark Bacon, headteacher at Churchdown Village Junior School, said: “The initiative has been a real community effort, with most of the building, plumbing and electrical work being carried out through generous donations of time and resources by parents and friends of the school.

“Each class will be having a tour and explore of the new classroom, whilst a group of young cooks from across the school will spend the afternoon preparing afternoon tea for guests at the grand opening.

“We are all delighted we will be joined by Tom Kerridge, who will cut the ribbon to officially open The Cookery Room, before meeting the children and enjoying afternoon tea, along with invited guests who have contributed to the development of this exciting new resource for the school.”