Jamie’s boys queue up for cooking class

Home-made pizza: Josh Robinson cooked his own "takeout"
Home-made pizza: Josh Robinson cooked his own "takeout"

The Jamie Oliver effect has been credited after young boys took up nearly all the places on a half-term cookery course.

They outnumbered girls 13 to two in the sessions at The Cooking School at Dean Clough, Halifax.

It was the first time the centre has offered holiday classes for children and staff were amazed at the number of boys who enrolled.

Manager Barbara Govan said: “We are delighted at how popular this new course is but didn’t expect such a huge interest from young boys.

“Maybe it’s the Jamie Oliver effect so he’d better look out!

“All the children here today have impressed us with their skills and their keen interest to learn more.”

Youngsters spent the sessions making pizzas, focaccia bread, smoothies and raspberry and white chocolate muffins.

More classes for nine to 12-year-olds will be run in July and August, plus a new course for teens aged 13 to 16.

There will also be an “L-Plates” course for anyone from students to singles wanting to learm to cook for the first time and stick to a budget.

All proceeds from the courses go to Focus on Food, the healthy eating charity teaching cooking skills to schools and community groups.

For more information visit www.thecookingschool.co.uk