St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

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Hilton Chef Visit

2 October 2017

As part of the topic Burps, Bubbles and Bile, we have been looking at digestive systems of humans and other animals. This has included looking at different types of food from around the world. We were delighted to welcome Chef Michael, from the Hilton Hotel into our school today. Michael volunteered to come into school and share his skills and talents with the Year 4 children. As he entered the classroom, we were taken on a gastrological trip to tantalise taste-buds and inspire the culinary imagination of everyone.

Everyone stood amazed and speechless as Michael began the session by showing us how our stomachs digest cereal. Pouring water into the presentation tube, Michael explained that this represented our stomach acid. To emphasise that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, he poured muesli into the tube. This demonstrated that the heavy food fell directly into the stomach to slowly release the energy that our bodies require. The slow releasing oats and fibre slowly sank to the bottom of the tube.

After explaining how natural oils are absorbed into our systems, Michael helped the children to make fresh fruit salads. The ingredients were all chopped and put into the bowls for the children to mix and dish up. Fruits included apples, bananas, kiwis, melons, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and the most fascinating of all was the pawpaw. Michael explained how eating pawpaw after a meal, cleanses your palate and supports the digestion of meat. He emphasised that eating a well balanced diet, which includes eating fruit supports our immune system and will help with our concentration at school.

A great afternoon was had by all, including Michael, to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude. We have all thoroughly the time spent exploring the foods and asking questions about being a chef at the Hilton Hotel. Some children were so inspired that they have suggested that they too would like to cook fabulous food for famous people.

Thank you Michael and the Hilton Hotel.