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Keep up to date with all the exciting goings-on at Chefs in School below.

HSoF Opening Party

HSoF Opening Party

Hackney Food of School is ‘Huge Success and Rolls Royce of classrooms’
The Hackney School of Food has been dubbed a huge success at its official opening by local MP, Meg Hillier.

Our response to the National Food Strategy

Our response to the National Food Strategy

Our response to the National Food Strategy We welcome the recommendations laid out in the National Food Strategy, Part 2. If adopted by the Government, society will reap the benefits of improving the health and sustainability of the nation. The report recognises the...

Our response to the National Food Strategy

Our response to the National Food Strategy

We welcome the recommendations laid out in the National Food Strategy, Part 2. If adopted by the Government, society will reap the benefits of improving the health and sustainability of the nation. The report recognises the need to invest upfront in the health and wellbeing of children, and the key role that food education plays in this.

Share Your Views on How to Improve School Food

School caterers, teachers and parents are being urged to share their views on what’s working and what needs to change in school food. People have until the 19th July to take part in a survey which aims to identify key areas for reform.

Fuel the future, join the school food work force

Following the release of our 2021 Chefs Survey which found:

  • 100% of chefs we support would recommend working in a school kitchen to a friend.

  • 96% feeling satisfied, or very satisfied, in their job.

  • 92% experiencing a shift in food culture within their school.

Here are the thoughts from our Chief Executive, Naomi Duncan, on how we build and improve on these findings.

Development Chefs for the Day with Tastily

Development Chefs for the Day with Tastily

Pupils from the LEAP Federation have been busy creating meals at the Hackney School of Food that could be heading to your homes. The children spent the day with the team at Tastily – a meal delivery service- cooking up different dishes and recipes. The aim is to create a new dish for Tastily’s customers.

New Jean Jullien Mural at the School of Food

New Jean Jullien Mural at the School of Food

Our new Jean Jullien mural is complete at the Hackney School of Food.

The Hackney School of Food is a collaboration between ourselves and the LEAP Federation. We want it to be a place kids are proud of and enjoy visiting to learn about food.

Amelia Freer Supports Chefs in Schools

Amelia Freer Supports Chefs in Schools

We are very excited to welcome a new ambassador to Chefs in Schools. Amelia Freer, the international best-selling author and one of the UK’s leading Nutritional Therapists, is now supporting our work

New Collaboration with Coin Street Nursery  

New Collaboration with Coin Street Nursery  

A new nursery has signed up to work with us. Coin Street is committed to changing the way we think about food in schools and making sure we can supply it to tight budgets. People often think it can be expensive to cook from scratch – it doesn’t have to be, as Coin Street is showing.

Sustainable School Kitchen Webinar – Watch Now

Sustainable School Kitchen Webinar – Watch Now

Making your kitchen sustainable can save money and the planet. If you missed our webinar on sustainable kitchens, you can watch it online now. It’s not just packed with tips, tricks and expert advice, there’s a recipe demo too.

The Reality of Food in Schools

The Reality of Food in Schools

Our Chief Executive, Naomi Duncan, shared her thoughts with Clemmie Telford for The Mother Of All Lists blog on how and why we need to transform food, food culture and food education in schools.

Food Education Work Supported by Tastily

Food Education Work Supported by Tastily

Young cooks in inner city London will have improved access to food education thanks to a partnership between our charity and Tastily – a new pre-made meal subscription service.

Hawksmoor Returns to Help Covid Response Lunch Box Scheme

Hawksmoor Returns to Help Covid Response Lunch Box Scheme

Around 100 more families are set to receive weekly Lunch Boxes – thanks to the Hawksmoor restaurant joining our Covid response work. During the first lockdown, Hawksmoor opened their kitchens to make meals for our Free School Meals hampers. Now, with demand increasing again, they’re stepping in to help out for a second time.

20,000 Meals a Week Going Out During Lockdown

20,000 Meals a Week Going Out During Lockdown

Our lunch box scheme is expanding to keep up with demand during school closures. Working with schools, we’re supporting the families who may not have enough food to feed their family nourishing meals.

Bags of Support from Bags of Ethics

Bags of Support from Bags of Ethics

The collection of food parcels for families from Grasmere, Matthias and Harrington Hill Primary Schools will be a lot easier for families thanks to support from Bags of Ethics. The food parcels are given to families on top of their weekly free school meal food voucher but one recurring issue has been getting the food home.

Better is Possible with Free School Meal Provision

Better is Possible with Free School Meal Provision

We’ve seen the photos of the shocking free school meals being sent to families and felt it was important to comment. We believe better is possible and poor standards need to be addressed.