Longridge school chef picks up tips at Lakes eaterie

Chef Gerald van der Walt, school cook Dawn Davis and chef Simon Rogan, the owner of Rogan & Co.
Chef Gerald van der Walt, school cook Dawn Davis and chef Simon Rogan, the owner of Rogan & Co.

A Longridge school cook helped to prepare meals for the lunchtime diners at a renowned restaurant in Cartmell last week.

Dawn Davis, the cook supervisor at Barnacre Road Primary School, cooked alongside haute cuisine chef Gerald van der Walt, at the fine-dining restaurant Rogan & Co owned by internationally known chef Simon Rogan, together with his two Michelin star L’Enclume restaurant nearby.

This opportunity formed part of this year’s Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) National School Meals Week ‘Host a School Chef’ programme.

Now in its fourth year, the scheme offers school cooks the chance to spend a day working with some of the most talented chefs in the catering industry, in some of the most famous restaurants in the country.

National School Meals Week celebrates the importance of school meals, and the importance of children being provided with a hot and nutritious lunch.

Dawn said: “I really enjoyed this experience. I helped a leading chef at Rogan & Co, and learned a lot from him. I also visited L’Enclume, which I had only read about before.

“I’ll now be able to pass on what I have learned to my colleagues to help them.”

Simon said: “We were delighted to host a school chef at Rogan & Co for National School Meals Week. I certainly appreciate just how important healthy meals in schools are to a child’s wellbeing and we were very proud to have been involved in this worthwhile event.”

As well as visiting L’Enclume, which has two Michelin stars and five AA Rosettes, Dawn also had a tour of Our Farm, which supplies the majority of fresh ingredients for Simon’s restaurants.

LCC Coun Susie Charles said it had been had a great opportunity for Dawn to improve her skills.