Story by Stephanie Wood

Star of BBC's Economy Gastronomy, chef Paul Merrett delighted children at Holy Trinity Primary, Richmond with his pancake flipping techniques! Paul and ten lucky students celebrated Shrove Tuesday by cooking up a tasty lunch and tucking in together. Paul took time out of his busy kitchen at The Victoria to work with the children. Paul said “I was inspired to cook by my grandmother at a very early age so it's great to get the chance to pass on the pleasures of cooking and eating to local school children.”

The event was put together by local charity, School Food Matters as part of the Cooking Ideas series. Paul made a delicious fish finger sandwich and finished off with pancake fun. Paul's recipes will be available to download from the Cooking Ideas page on the School Food Matters website.

Stephanie Wood of SFM said “Paul will be passing on some simple tasty recipes for us all to try. Children make the best ambassadors for food education. If they get the chance to cook at school, they'll get the whole family to have a go at home.”

Paul took the opportunity to talk to the school about sustainable fish. He introduced the eager chefs to some tasty Coley to try instead of Cod and the children described it as “sweet and juicy” with one young girl announcing “my mum's fish fingers are yukky. These are yummy!” With School Food Matters, Paul is keen to support of London's quest to become the world's first Sustainable Fish City.

About the author: Stephanie Wood runs School Food Matters.