Pictures: Jamie Oliver and celebrity friends hold Food Revolution Day at Kentish Town primary school

PUBLISHED: 16:54 18 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:29 18 May 2015

Dermot O'Leary, Jamie Oliver, Frankie Sanford, Tamsin Greig and Kirsty Allsopp at Food Revolution Day at Rhyl Primary School. Picture: Polly Hancock

Dermot O'Leary, Jamie Oliver, Frankie Sanford, Tamsin Greig and Kirsty Allsopp at Food Revolution Day at Rhyl Primary School. Picture: Polly Hancock


TV chef Jamie Oliver and his celebrity friends have backed a primary school’s £175,000 fundraising campaign for a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen.

Rhyl Primary School in Kentish Town played host to the Primrose Hill star’s annual Food Revolution Day on Friday, an international campaign to make food educational compulsory at schools across the world.

The celebrity chef, pictured below, was joined at the event by actress Tamsin Greig, former X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, Location Location Location presenter Kirstie Allsopp, and Frankie Sandford from pop band The Saturdays.

As well as helping pupils to make their own pasta, whip up omelettes and blind-taste fruit and vegetables, the celebrities all gave their support to the school’s dream of building a high-spec teaching kitchen “pod” for its pupils so it can keep environmentalism and healthy eating at the heart of its curriculum.

Mr Oliver, 39, said: “They’re doing a great job. They’re blazing ahead and showing how when you’re integrating food education, which is now law in Britain, into the system, that you need to share and celebrate great practice.

“So it’s not just about them and them doing it well but also how that benefits [others].”

He added: “They’ve done an amazing job and they’re now fundraising for a kitchen pod.

“I spend a lot of my time going to schools and it’s amazing how pioneering they can be and amazing how so much can be done with so little.”

The Rhyl Street school is well known for its eco credentials, having turned its car park into a gardening oasis. Its children grow seasonal and sustainable produce in the urban garden, some of which is used in the school kitchens.

The new kitchen would be built in the school’s car park, and would be available for use by other schools and the wider community.

Outdoor learning teacher Tom Moggarch, son of Hampstead author Deborah Moggarch, said: “The new kitchen would transform food education in the school.”

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