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Parkside pupils joined by Yarmouth chef Dave Nash

PUBLISHED: 14:07 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:55 24 November 2016

Food day at The Parkside School, Norwich. Andover House head chef Dave Nash helping students prepare their dish.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Food day at The Parkside School, Norwich. Andover House head chef Dave Nash helping students prepare their dish. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Eleven students from the school in Norwich learned how to cook tasty seasonal salads with local head chef Dave Nash.

Food day at The Parkside School, Norwich. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYFood day at The Parkside School, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Pupils at Parkside School have swapped their uniforms for aprons by teaming up with the team at The Country Trust.

Eleven students from the school in Norwich learned how to cook tasty seasonal salads with local head chef Dave Nash.

The children who took part in the Food Discovery session are all aged between 12 and 15, and have special needs.

The pupils have been having weekly sessions since September, where they have been learning how to plant and grow their own vegetables.

The trust which runs the Parkside School in Norwich is opening up a new school for children with autism. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe trust which runs the Parkside School in Norwich is opening up a new school for children with autism. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

But this week was the first time their session taught them how to prepare and cook food, which went down a treat. One child said: “The butternut squash salad is the best thing I’ve ever tasted!”

Mr Nash, head chef at the Andover House Hotel in Great Yarmouth, was joined by his apprentice Jake Herbert at the event on November 16.

Mr Nash, who has been a professional chef for 18 years, told the children about his career and what it is like working in a busy hotel kitchen.

He then demonstrated how to make three salads, each made with seasonal ingredients including butternut squash, carrots, beetroot and celeriac.

Mr Nash, who has four children of his own, thinks it is important to encourage children to learn about cooking: “Who knows, maybe through a session like this, one of these children may become a future chef, or work in the food business when they are older.”

Sara Dunseath, who teaches the land management course at Parkside School, said: “The Country Trust’s Food Discovery programme has been brilliant and has made a big impact on the behaviour of some of the children already.

“They love learning practical things, using different cooking and gardening implements and taking responsibility for growing vegetables such as broad beans, garlic, leeks and broccoli in the school garden.”

The year-long Food Discovery programme at Parkside School is run by Rosalind Bacon, the County Trust Food discovery co-ordinator.

She said: “The Country Trust teach disadvantaged children how to grow vegetables and herbs, cook healthy meals and to understand where food comes from, whether their disadvantage is through poverty or disability.

“Sessions like ours make growing, cooking and healthy eating accessible for all children, giving them the inspiration and confidence to make better choices about the food they eat.”

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