Chefs in Schools

"What this young charity is doing with school food is mind-blowing. The drive and determination of the team is completely infectious. I defy anyone to eat lunch in one of their schools - see how much the kids love it - and not be enthused."

Kath Kay

Founded in 2018 by Henry Dimbleby (co-founder of Leon and co-author of the School Food Plan), Nicole Pisani (former head chef at NOPI) and Louise Nichols (executive Head Teacher of the Leap Federation of Schools), this charity works to improve the health of children through better food and education in primary and secondary schools.

They train chefs and kitchen teams to run school kitchens with the same efficiency and passion for food as a top restaurant, believing that school food should taste delicious. Tackling childhood obesity is a number one priority.

Their new Hackney School of Food is a place for chefs of all ages and abilities to come together and learn from professionals. Hands up if you want cookery lessons using organic produce from the school kitchen garden? Or to master knife skills with the brilliantly talented head chef?

During the Covid pandemic, the team - alongside 40 volunteers - cooked, packed and delivered 16,410 hampers (totalling 328,200 meals) to over 1,000 families from across 32 schools in Hackney, Southwark and Lambeth

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