SPROUSTON Primary, Kelso, has become the first school in the Borders to be adopted by the world famous Chef Albert Roux, through his pioneering Chefs Adopt a School initiative.

Chefs Adopt a School is a national charity part of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Service. Now in its 25th year, the project aims to make food fun, giving children a real culinary experience as they get hands-on in the kitchen with their super skilled mentors.

The programme enhances young people’s awareness and understanding of food by teaching them culinary skills such as how to grow their own produce and explaining the importance of healthy eating. Pupils welcomed legendary Chef Albert Roux when he visited the school last Tuesday to launch the initiative, which will see pupils take part in regular hands-on sessions.

Founded in 1990, the initiative reaches over 20,000 primary and secondary children across the UK every year with a host of industry experts adopting schools and sharing their invaluable knowledge and talents.

Albert Roux, whose acclaimed Chez Roux restaurant has recently launched at the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course, said: “We decided to adopt Sprouston Primary School as we continue to develop our presence in the borders. It is a great opportunity for us to inspire the next generation of culinary talent in a region famous for its excellent local produce.

“We are extremely proud to have reached a mile stone year and we’re looking forward to celebrating and continuing the project’s success with Sprouston Primary School.” Albert Roux OBE, KFO, is head of the famous cooking dynasty behind renowned London restaurant Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in the UK to be awarded three Michelin Stars.

Helen Ross, Head teacher at Sprouston, said: “We are really excited to take part in the Adopt a School programme with Albert Roux. It’s a great opportunity for our pupils to learn about healthy eating and develop their cookery skills. It’s an important life skill.”