Students at a Battersea primary school were joined by the Wandsworth mayor in a taste and sensory session.

The session was delivered to year 4 students at St Mary's Catholic Primary School, by Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, Adopt a School Chef and Master of Culinary Arts, Idris Caldora. Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Piers McCausland, joined the students on September 21.

Chef Idris engaged the children in an interactive taste and sensory activity where they discovered the joy of tasting food by exploring their five senses and four tastes. Food provenance and healthy eating is the key message with a focus on the importance of a balanced diet and the risks of too much salt and sugar.

Chef Idris has been working with St. Mary’s Primary School for a number of years and will return to deliver two further sessions over the next academic year, including knife skills and bread-making.

Through Adopt a School, a cross-curricular programme, Idris and chefs from restaurants and hotels all around the country teach over 15,000 children about food and nutrition, practical cookery skills, bread-making, sustainability and offer an insight into the hospitality industry.

Sara Jayne Stanes OBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Adopt a School said: “Food education is key to giving young people the knowledge, practical skills and ability to be responsible for their wellbeing and to adopt a healthier lifestyle through informed choice. This is why programmes like Adopt a School are so important.

For more information about the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and the Adopt a School Programme, visit Royal Academy of Culinary Arts or Adopt School Trust.