We’ve partnered with Hackney Council to deliver exciting new training to school chefs in the borough which is free to all schools.

The School Chef Educator Programme ensures school chefs are empowered to serve delicious, nutritious food to students.

Funded by Hackney Council and delivered by our training team, the first course is now live in Hackney, teaching school chefs tips and tricks to improve child health and wellbeing. 

The second course begins Feb 29 and schools can sign up their teams now.

The first day, hosted by the Hackney School of Food, saw 15 school chefs and caterers participate in a cook-along using recipes tried and tested in school kitchens across the country. The dishes included pea fritters, yoghurt courgette cake, kale pesto, Caribbean chicken curry and more.

Head of Training for Chefs in Schools, Laura Mumford, said:“We’re so thankful to Hackney Council for funding this training, and excited to be kicking off this new round in the borough where Chefs in Schools began. We can’t wait to see what the new participants achieve with the skills and tools they’ll gain on this course.

Being a school chef is a challenging job, but we know there are tricks, tips and tools that school chefs can use to produce fantastic food for students. Our training programme results in happier students, satisfied staff and brings wide ranging benefits to the school.”

Reflecting on the action packed day, Shernnett Mecaley, participant and Head Chef of Kingsmead Primary in Hackney, said: “It’s been really interesting, a lot of recipe and menu ideas. Interacting with all the other chefs has just been amazing, there’s been a lot of information and input I can now take back to the school and input into the recipes there.”

Recruitment is open for the next training course in the borough. Any school caterer or school in Hackney can send their kitchen staff along; places are fully funded but availability is limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

To find out more about the programme and sign up for the training head to