TWO Scottish schools have received a once-in-a-lifetime experience after winning the opportunity to meet and attend a master-class with award winning chef Tom Kitchin at his Michelin starred restaurant in Edinburgh’s Leith area.
Lesmahagow High School and Leith Primary, who took part in a nationwide Eco-Schools initiative ‘One Planet Picnic’ beat off competition from across the country
for the exciting opportunity to learn more about Tom’s From Nature to Plate philosophy at his Michelin-starred restaurant The Kitchin.
The winning youngsters were treated to a master-class on cooking skills by Tom and also received a behind-the-scenes glimpse of his restaurant, which was recently awarded ‘Best UK restaurant’ by the prestigious BMW Square Meal Awards. Tom also taught the pupils about seasonality and the importance of eating locally sourced produce.
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment, Richard Lochhead said:“This fantastic prize is not only encouraging young people to make the connection between the food on their plate and its impact on the environment, but may also inspire them to follow a career in the food and drink industry.
“Thanks also to Tom Kitchin for finding the time to give the children such a wonderful opportunity which may help produce some of the top Scottish chefs of the future.”
Tom said: “I have a zero waste policy in my kitchen and was delighted to see some of the wonderful ideas pupils acrossScotlandhad to achieve this in their own homes.
“As a father myself I know the importance of inspiring future generations about the depth ofScotland’s natural larder – which is undoubtedly one of the best in the world.”