create your own school of food


Do you want to create a food education hub in your school or community? We’ve produced a toolkit to help you do just that.

This toolkit will help you put food education at the heart of your school or area.

It pulls together the knowledge and experience gathered during the creation, building and launch of the Hackney School of Food – read on to learn more about that.

Funded by the William Sutton Prize, it aims to create a network of food education hubs up and down the country which put good food culture at the heart of schools, communities and children’s lives. 

Whether you embark on a small scale project such as transforming a classroom, or a larger scale scheme to create your own state–of-the art cookery school, the guide can be adapted to suit you.

It’s bursting with architectural know-how from Surman Weston, insights from the LEAP Federation and what we learnt at Chefs in Schools.  

The toolkit is free of charge so download and get inspired now!



Nicole Pisani, our co-founder, says: “We designed this toolkit with the hope of creating a network of school of foods. These food education hubs can lay the foundations for a life-long love of good food. It makes healthy choices exciting for everyone concerned.”

The scheme can be replicated on a scale that suits you.

Tom Surman, Director, Surman Weston, said: “The architectural scheme incorporates design details that are easily repeatable; it is a simple, low-cost design solution which has potential for application on further sites.”

The project was funded by the William Sutton Prize, developed by Clarion Housing Group to celebrate the legacy of its founder, William Sutton, as a 19th century innovator and philanthropist who bequeathed his fortune to improve the quality of social housing. Thank you to them for supporting us.