Royal Lancaster London Head Chef Daniel McGarey to Partner with Hallfield Primary School
Executive Head Chef, Daniel McGarey, from Royal Lancaster London is partnering with Hallfield Primary School in Paddington as part of the ‘Adopt a School’ initiative from The Royal academy of Culinary Arts. Hallfield Primary School is a forward thinking and inclusive community school located in Paddington, just a stone’s throw from the hotel.
‘Adopt a School’, which incorporates both ‘Chef’s Adopt a School’ and ‘Hospitality in Schools’, is a national charity that was founded in 1990. The vision is to ensure that every child learns about food in a holistic sense and has the confidence to eat well, be healthy and happy.
The programme helps children to develop healthy eating habits and encourages enthusiasm and interest in food, cooking, food provenance and sustainability, as well as giving an insight into the hospitality industry. McGarey is part of a number of Chefs and hospitality professionals who will deliver high quality food education in primary schools across the country.
As part of the scheme Chef McGarey will attend one session per term to teach children the basics of food and cookery without the need for cooking facilities – which most primary schools lack. All that is required is the classroom.
Chef McGarey said: “Adopt a school programme is a great programme to be part of and it enables me to teach children about healthy food and more importantly gives them the confidence to try new things.
“As a chef you get an opportunity to try so many different foods, so it is also another chance to teach what we know and help the development of a child’s future.
“At Royal Lancaster London we share so many of the same values that adopt a school has, such as sustainability and knowing the importance of food provenance, which we can now share with Hallfield School.”
Chef McGarey brings over 16 years of expertise to Royal Lancaster London where he oversees all of the hotels culinary areas including Nipa Thai, Island Grill, Park Restaurant and world-renowned banqueting.
Chef McGarey graduated with a distinction from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts in 2006. During his apprenticeship he worked at One Aldwych Hotel for Chef Mark Gregory MCA as well as acclaimed Chef Tony Fleming.
Chef McGarey is passionate about only working with the best and the most sustainable ingredients. His goal is to modernize the food offering throughout the hotel and to build a foundation for nurturing the next generation of talent within the industry.