Visit from Tom Parker


We were privileged to have celebrity chef Tom Parker join us for a morning of culinary expertise!

Former St Wilfrid’s student and Great British Menu star Tom Parker was our very special guest for this month’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. Tom brought a selection of fine ingredients and professional tools as he helped us celebrate the shift in the Food and Nutrition curriculum, which now includes some traditional methods of food preparation and cooking techniques.

Tom Parker - St Wilfrid's C of E Academy
Tom Parker - St Wilfrid's C of E Academy

In the first class, our Year 10 Food and Nutrition students were shown how to butcher a full lamb, how to fillet a turbot, and also how to prepare a lobster.

Tom Parker - St Wilfrid's C of E Academy
Tom Parker - St Wilfrid's C of E Academy

Next came a group of Year 8 students who have opted to start on the GCSE course next year. They were given a fun demonstration in express ice-cream making, using dry ice and whipping cream. The students were placed into groups to concoct their own delicious berry-based desserts and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

Tom Parker - St Wilfrid's C of E Academy
Tom Parker - St Wilfrid's C of E Academy
Tom Parker - St Wilfrid's C of E Academy
Tom Parker - St Wilfrid's C of E Academy

With the students fully-fed, Tom stuck around to grab a few selfies before preparing a gourmet lunch for 10 of our St Wilfrid’s staff. Using the previously prepared lobsters and choice cuts of lamb, Parker threw together a divine trio of plates that both inspired and amazed the staff in attendance. The lamb, together with a pea puree and and ras-el hanout sauce was a particular favourite!

Tom Parker - St Wilfrid's C of E Academy
Tom Parker - St Wilfrid's C of E Academy
Tom Parker - St Wilfrid's C of E Academy
Tom Parker - St Wilfrid's C of E Academy

The occasion was made all the more significant as we welcomed back Mrs Barbara Clapton, former head of Food at the Academy. Together with Mrs Brennand and Mrs Tipton, we were able to have three generations together at one table.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Tom for coming back to celebrate with us.

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