Food for thought!

Pupils at Cricket Green School in Mitcham now have the opportunity to become the next Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver thanks to the brand new food technology room that was officially opened on Thursday 20 April.

Merton’s Mayor, Councillor Judy Saunders officially opened the new room to pupils who now have a facility, which will offer them the chance to practise skills and work towards independence in the kitchen. This will include food preparation, cooking skills, use of money and how to budget when out shopping for essentials.

Cricket Green’s new facility cost approximately £25,000 to build. Local pubs, local companies, the Rotary Club, the Leivers Trust, the PTA and many school based fundraising events raised half of the fee with the remainder coming directly from Merton’s Local Education Authority.

At yesterday’s opening, Merton’s Mayor and the people who donated money were treated to a short cooking demonstration by the pupils and the food technology teacher.

Celia Dawson, Headteacher at Cricket Green School said:

“It is wonderful we now have in place a food technology room, which will prepare our pupils for the challenges that cookery and food preparation can throw at you. The most rewarding factor has been the fact that the children have been fully involved, as they chose a lot of the equipment for the room, and they even designed the aprons that will be worn in food technology lessons.

“I would like to thank most sincerely all the people and organisations who kindly contributed money to the project, and those who have helped us to achieve our goal.”