Game’s On supporter and top chef Mark Gilchrist has returned to his old school to show students how to prepare and cook game.
Mark and the King’s School in Canterbury will be opening a restaurant in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral from 26-30 June for the school’s annual arts’ festival (King’s Week). They will be curing fish, making sausages, skinning rabbits and butchering their own deer – preparing and sourcing as much local wild food as possible for visitors to enjoy.
Richard Cook, King’s Week manager, said: “The school is very excited by this innovative project. There has been great pupil interest and enthusiasm for the restaurant and it will add another fantastic dimension to the magic of King’s Week. It is wonderful that Mark is giving the students an opportunity to learn some useful life-skills and enjoy themselves in the process.”
Mark, who is head chef at ‘Game For Everything’, said: “It’s great to be able to give something back, allowing the students to gain an insight into the reality of commercial game cooking. They are being shown the importance of eating game as part of a balanced, healthy diet, as well as the benefits that shooting has on the rural economy and, more importantly, the people and skills involved, which will be lost forever should they not be supported”.
Student Jonathan Brooks, 18, said: “I have got a new perspective on game and how it can be prepared. I learnt a lot of new skills which I would have not learnt otherwise. I have taken more of an interest in cooking since those two days in Mark’s kitchen. It was a fantastic opportunity to have some work experience with a local, successful business.”
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