Students over the moon with chef’s visit!

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Students from the North Yorkshire region were “over the moon” when a top Yorkshire chef shared her passion for food and local produce with them.

Stephanie Moon, Chef Consultant for All Things Food, who will be instantly recognisable from her appearances on BBC2’s The Great British Menu, made a guest appearance at Tadcaster Grammar School recently, courtesy of deliciouslyorkshire, and proved that “local produce is better every time”.

Introduced to the students by Sophie Waite from deliciouslyorkshire, Stephanie was quick to put the students from Tadcaster Grammar School, Sherburn High School, Selby High School and Carlton’s Holy Family School at ease with her fun and relaxed manner, sharing her knowledge of the profession, testing their knowledge of local produce and giving hands-on cookery demonstrations. Following a Question and Answer session, the students went head to head serving up such delicacies as good old Yorkshire toad in the hole, garlic mash, veg and onion gravy, with all the ingredients being provided by the Farmers’ Cart at Towthorpe.

Students had previously attended a day at the Farmers’ Cart where they learned about local produce “from field to fork” and a day hosted by Sainsbury’s in Sherburn In Elmet.

Stephanie is passionate about food and the use of local produce. “I love food, the feel of it, the smell of it, the textures and colours it gives and to create something wonderful from raw ingredients never ceases to give me a thrill,” she said.

Stephanie hopes that through her teaching and demonstrations she can “inspire today’s students to become tomorrow’s chefs”.

The day was part of a Sustainability Challenge Project funded by North Yorkshire LA.