Chef cooks up a storm in parliament

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A Halifax chef has cooked up a storm in the House of Commons.

Tony Mulgrew, who heads up the in-house catering department at Ravenscliffe High School was chosen as one of ten schools to represent the education catering industry in the House of Commons during National School Meals Week.

Chefs from 24,000 schools from across England and Wales were invited to enter the ‘Tell us Why’ competition to win the opportunity to work with catering teams in the various restaurants in parliament. Despite the incredible volume of entries the judges were unanimous in their selection of Tony.

Lead Association for Catering in Education chair, Peter McGrath, said: “Tony Mulgrew’s name is synonymous nationally with healthy eating and the championing of local produce.

“He has achieved a large number of national achievements and qualifications and Ravenscliffe High School is the only High School for Special Educational Needs in the country to hold the Soil Association’s Food For Life’s Gold Award. “He is thoroughly deserving of the opportunity to cook in the parliamentary restaurants and demonstrate that the skills of school caterers are good enough for even the Prime Minister to enjoy.”

Tony, who has previously cooked for members of the Royal Family during his illustrious career was named BBC Cook of the Year in 2014 in the Radio 4 Food and Farming awards.

He said: “What a privilege to be chosen to represent school caterers during national school meals week in such a historic location. It was amazing to see 21st century kitchens built inside an 1840 building.

“I am sure that all the school caterers enjoyed their visit, but I wonder if the House of Commons caterers would be able to work on a school budget?”