School dinners become fine dining with Peele’s Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Group

Year 9 students from Peele Community College, Long Sutton, cook a Christmas dinner inspired by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver after whom the school's cooking group has been named.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Year 9 students from Peele Community College, Long Sutton, cook a Christmas dinner inspired by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver after whom the school's cooking group has been named. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Students at Peele Community College have drawn inspiration from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in serving up a Christmas meal to remember.

Year 9 students from the Long Sutton school’s Jamie Oliver Home Cooking group showed off their skills by producing a seasonal dish with all the trimmings that brought fine dining to their guests.

TURKEY DINNER: Acting headteacher and deputy head Elizabeth Smith and Richard Harpham are served Christmas dinner by students at Peele Community College, Long Sutton.  Photo (TIM WILSON):  SG011215-129TW.

TURKEY DINNER: Acting headteacher and deputy head Elizabeth Smith and Richard Harpham are served Christmas dinner by students at Peele Community College, Long Sutton. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG011215-129TW.

Along with students, staff who dined were acting headteacher Elizabeth Smith, acting deputy headteacher Richard Harpham, business manager Betty Boor and heads of year James Wright (Year 7), Joanne Carr (Year 8), Theresa Earl (Year 9) James Harrison (Year 10) and Samantha King (Year 11).

A Peele spokesman said: “The students showed how far they had progressed by cooking Christmas dinner, with all the trimmings.

“They were a real credit to themselves and the school as they had to prepare all the food from scratch, working out the ingredients, measurements, recipes and timings, with a little help and guidance from staff members Chris Chancellor and Tracy Stinton.

“The feedback from diners was excellent and the students excelled in all areas with their culinary skills, bearing in mind that some of them couldn’t even boil an egg when they first joined the group.

The students excelled in all areas with their culinary skills, bearing in mind that some of them couldn’t even boil an egg when they first joined the group

Peele Community College spokesman

“Now they can replicate some of the meals they have made at home which makes you wonder how many of them will be making Christmas dinner this year.”