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School Dinners on the Menu in The Orangery

Teesside school pupils were treated to an extra special lunch today while they learnt the tricks of the trade from Executive Head Chef, Richard Allen.

Richard was joined by 20 children from Conyers School in Yarm to share with them his advice on cooking and the hospitality industry as well as introduce them to some more unusual foods.
The year 9 and 10 pupils were also treated to a ‘school dinner’, prepared by Richard, which included chicken in a wild mushroom sauce and chocolate mousse with strawberries and popping candy.
School DinnersRichard and his team will be welcoming a number of local schools to The Orangery over the coming months with the hope to encourage young people to consider hospitality and catering as a career option and also to introduce them to more unusual dishes and ideas of how to grow certain foods in small spaces.
Speaking about working with local schools, Richard said: “It’s so important that we constantly seek the next generation of chefs, front-of-house staff and sommeliers. The catering and hospitality sector offers so many great options for young people and we want to work with local schools and colleges to prove that. What’s more, we want to share with them an unusual school dinner using some of the ingredients that we prepare dishes with in The Orangery as well as those that we gather from our grounds.”
Louise Spellman, headteacher at Conyers School, said: “We are delighted that our students have been given the opportunity to sample wonderful cooking in such beautiful surroundings. The students are all studying food technology at Conyers and this provided great inspiration for them. Many of our students are considering careers in the hospitality and leisure field and to visit a luxury venue such as Rockliffe Hall demonstrates that there should be no limit to their ambitions.”
To find out more about dining at Rockliffe Hall, please call 01325 729999 or email