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Top Bristol Chef visits Oasis Academy Connaught for Breakfast

A Knowle West primary school, Oasis Academy Connaught, has enjoyed breakfast with one of Bristol’s best Chefs.

On Wednesday 14th November, Head Chef of the Kensington Arms in Redland, Luke Hawkins, hosted a smoothie-making workshop as part of FareShare South West’s Big Breakfast Week which aims to raise awareness of the need for additional food provision in schools. According to a review about food poverty in Bristol, 1 in 4* children in Bristol are at risk of hunger.

Children helped the Chef by chopping up fruit and were able to taste ingredients throughout the session, as well as drink the delicious smoothies created.

A Year 6 student from Oasis Academy Connaught said: “I really enjoyed helping chop up the pineapple and seeing the smoothies being made. The smoothies tasted really nice and fruity.”

Luke Hawkins, Head Chef from the Kensington Arms said: “Working with FareShare South West to raise awareness of food poverty has been great. It’s such an important cause. It’s been fantastic to see all the children get involved and enjoy learning about healthy breakfasts.”

The smoothie-making workshop was part of the children’s regular Breakfast Club which is run by Magic Breakfast. Magic Breakfast is a UK registered charity, dedicated to ensuring every child starts their school day with the right breakfast as fuel for learning.

Julian Mines, CEO of FareShare South West, said: “Child hunger is truly a city-wide problem, and we are calling on Bristol for support in providing a city-wide solution. Our charity’s aim is to get as much food as we can into the networks that matter, from Breakfast Clubs to children’s centres, to ensure no child goes hungry. With support, we can really change the picture on food poverty.”

Mrs George Fraser, Principal of Oasis Academy Connaught, said: “It’s been fantastic to have such a talented Chef in our school. The children really enjoyed seeing all the wonderful ingredients going into making the smoothies. We wholeheartedly support FareShare South West’s aim to end child food poverty across the city.

At Oasis Academy Connaught we work with Magic Breakfast to run daily Breakfast Clubs for our children where they can eat healthy food and share the pleasure of eating with their friends, ready for a fun day of learning.”