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Ilford County High School - Chinese Cooking Masterclass

Ilford students learn lessons from celebrated chef!

In March 2014, students from Ilford County High School were delighted to welcome Chef Andrew Wong for a master class in the art of cooking Chinese food. Mr Wong took time out of his busy schedule at his restaurant A. Wong in Victoria to teach dim sum classes to over 40 students at the school.

The activity was funded by a Small Grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation. The money was awarded to the school after Food Studies Technician Emma Green won a Jack Petchey Outstanding Leader Award for her dedication to the subject, which was introduced in the school in 2010.

She said, “It was a great activity and I could not have thought of a better way to spend the money.”

Ms Green’s hard work has enabled the facilitation of a range of extra-curricular activities including; cooking with primary school children as a part of the Community Links programme, preparing Year 13 pupils for university life with student cooking classes and supporting Year 9 pupils in the Rotary Chef Competition, which takes place every year.

Over 40 students participated in the master class, and there has been a lot of positive feedback from pupils about how they enjoyed learning new skills and trying new foods.

Finn Faria (pictured) said, “It was an enjoyable experience that made me more interested in Chinese cooking.”

The funding also enabled the purchase of a range of equipment for cooking Chinese food – a subject which has now been integrated into the KS3 Curriculum for Food Technology.


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Some of the equipment bought with the grant