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Mary Berry helps open new ‘food studio’ at Belsize Park school

Sarum Hall has new facility to teach pupils how to cook

01 May, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Mary Berry with Lindsey Roberts from Sarum Hall school

CAKE-TESTING expert Mary Berry cut the sponge as a school celebrated the opening of its new kitchen for pupils.

The Great British Bake Off star was at Sarum Hall School in Eton Avenue, Belsize Park, as it launched a facility known as a “food studio” that will allow pupils to take cooking lessons.

Ms Berry, whose favourite cake is lemon drizzle, told the New Journal: “These children are very fortunate as they are going to be taught cooking at a young age, even those as young as Reception, who will need little stools to stand on to reach the worktops.”

She said she began to learn cooking herself at the age 13, adding: “When they leave school they will have a good idea about nutrition and healthy meals. They are so lucky as they will be getting to make all sorts of things and taking some home for their parents to try.”

The cake expert meets headteacher Christine Smith and sisters Marcia, Alexia and Juniper Walker

As part of their charitable status, the private girls’ school plans to expand the use of the studio by holding weekend courses and getting together with other local schools and youth groups.

Headteacher Christine Smith said: “It’s so important for children to learn how to cook healthy meals that they can share with their ­families. These are life skills. The food studio classes will support the curriculum, too – they will be doing measuring for mathematics, and if they are learning about World War Two they will be learning about the sorts of foods which were rationed. At our cooking clubs the ­children will learn about teamwork, too.”

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