Edgbaston’s Hallfield School teams up with Michelin Chef, Andreas Antona of Simpsons’ Restaurant, to launch its new-look food technology classroom.
Hallfield School of Edgbaston, Birmingham marked the launch of its state-of-the-art food technology classroom recently with a locally sourced, surprise ingredient: Michelin Chef, Andreas Antona and team of Simpsons Restaurant.
Antona, alongside Simpsons’ Executive Chef Luke Tipping and Rachel Tokitsu, teacher at Simpsons’ Eureka Cookery School, talked about his journey to becoming a Michelin-rated Chef during a special assembly. The children were encouraged to ask their own questions, which they did with gusto and highlighted some future investigative journalists in the room!
Following the assembly, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the brand-new Food Technology classroom with Andreas before the first lesson took place under the watchful eye of Rachel, which involved the year 7 and 8 children working together to create their own pizzas.
Later in the day, some of the younger pupils were invited to a Five Senses Session with Rachel, where they were taught about the importance of taste and given the chance to experience this first-hand by sampling a variety of different foods.
Keith Morrow, Headmaster at Hallfield School, comments: “As a school, we understand that health and wellbeing are as important to the future success of our children as their academic achievements. Life is really all about having a healthy body and mind, as well as intellectual curiosity and self-confidence.”
He continues: “We were delighted to be joined by the team from Simpsons to open our new, state of the art, Food Technology Classroom. Food Technology will add to our diverse and exciting curriculum – Hallfield Enrichment, which covers everything from gardening, animal care, Latin, forest school and study skills.
“The new classroom is another investment into the fabric of Hallfield and supports our “Hallfield Futures” 5-year strategy – part of which is to invest in the school’s facilities and build a school that is fit for the ambitious education we offer here.”
Andreas Antona, Chef-Patron & Owner of Simpsons, comments: “It was an honour to be asked by the team at Hallfield School to get involved in the launch of their brand-new Food Technology Classroom. At Simpsons, we are passionate about creating beautiful food, but also about teaching future generations how to cook and where their food comes from.”
Rachel Tokitsu, Teacher at Simpsons’ Eureka Cookery School, adds: “It has been amazing to interact with the children and teach them that there is more to food than they might think – it’s a way of life. Being able to share my love of food and cooking is something I feel really grateful for and seeing the pupils’ enthusiasm fuelled this feeling even more.”
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