Celebrity chef Ellis Barrie of the Marram Grass in Anglesey, North Wales will be hosting cookery classes at local secondary school, Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern to encourage students to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. Each of the 13 GCSE pupils studying Catering & Hospitality, will receive a set of high-quality chef knives and chef whites which have been sponsored by Ellis and Wray Bros catering company. The first of these demonstrations will be on 15th October and will introduce the students to knife skills. This will be the first year the course has been offered to Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern students.
Ellis Barrie commented: ‘I’m so excited to be working with Bodedern and their catering students. It all came about through one of my chefs at the Marram Grass. His mother, Pamela Holt works at the school teaching Hospitality & Catering and asked if I would get on board. There is such a struggle to find chefs across the UK and it is down to the restaurant industry to do something about it. Even if none of the students become chefs, I still think educating children about food and provenance is so important. I’ll be bringing in amazing local produce and will showcase the very best of what North Wales has to offer. The first session will be in October and then they’ll be 3-4 times per year after that. I hope to get other local chef and producers involved too. I believe, as a community this is our duty.”