TELEVISION chef Adam Reid opened a new food technology room at Mossley Hollins High School which is part of a £170,000 expansion programme.
Adam, a winner on the Great British Menu on which he has appeared twice, also supervised as year eight students made carrot cakes.The increase in school numbers at Mossley Hollins resulted in the need for two new technology rooms – one for food and one for science – at a cost of £170,000.
“We have always had children wanting to do food technology which is always over-subscribed,” explained John Denton, chair of governors.
Uppermill-based Adam, who is chef-patron at The French at The Midland Hotel in Manchester, also visited St Raphael’s RC Primary where he gave a talk about healthy eating and presented school with books.
The visit to the two schools came about through Gail Southworth, family liaison officer at St Raphael’s, who is a friend of Adam, who has also lived in Mossley and Diggle while his wife Natalie is from Stalybridge.
St Raphael’s holds the gold award in Tameside schools’ Food4Life which is a chance for schools to celebrate and be recognised for good practice around healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.
It is given to schools that show a whole school approach to the provision and promotion of healthy food. It also ensures that the food being served meets school food standards.
St Raphael’s supports other initiatives including a healthy lunch box policy, healthy break time snacks, Eatwell breakfast club, cook and eat with School and City in the Community Foundation.
They also have active lunch times and after school clubs for netball, football, dance and cheerleading and even has yoga sessions.
Pupils also go swimming, take part in rock and river outdoor pursuits and holds twice weekly wake and shake.
St Raphael’s also promotes walking to school, holds Freddy fit days and the whole school walking around Stalybridge Country Park.
“We support children and wider community to make healthy choices and it is great for the children to meet inspirational people and give them aspirations,” explained school business manager Claire Fletcher.Adam, who was raised in Audenshaw and attended Audenshaw County Primary and St Thomas More RC High School, Denton, was delighted with the feedback he received from the visits.
“It is about trying to inspire people to go into the food industry because there is a shortage of chefs,” he explained.
Adam, 35, trained at Paul Heathcote’s School of Excellence in Manchester.
He returned to Manchester in 2013 to join Simon Rogan to launch The French at the Midland Hotel in his first role as head chef. He took over the reins in November 2016 when Simon moved on.
Adam was named Manchester Chef of the Year in 2014 while The French was ranked 17 in the 2018 Waitrose Good Food Guide and the same year gained three rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide and was listed in Square Meal’s UK Top 100 Restaurants.
Adam had previously worked at Mallory Court Hotel, Warwickshire, and The Chester Grosvenor, both Michelin-starred.