Hairy biker cooks with school pupils

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One of TV’s hairy bikers has brought his cooking skills and philosophy on life to a class of students.

More used to performing in front of television cameras or – last month – a live audience of 3,000 people, Geordie Si King spent more than two hours preparing, cooking and presenting food with the help of 30 GCSE Food Technology and Catering students at Cramlington Learning Village.

Si King, Ethan Thompson and Toni McDonald at Cramlington Learning Village.

Si King, Ethan Thompson and Toni McDonald at Cramlington Learning Village.

“I loved it. It’s my first day off in a while and to spend it with the kids here has been fantastic. They’re genuinely enthusiastic and it’s a great school. The whole ethos about food here is really healthy with teachers knowledgeable and passionate about their subject,” he said.

Si prepared white chocolate and cranberry scones, with a warm spiced plum compote, and tandoori chicken.

Fifteen-year-old Year 11 student Toni McDonald, who wants to be a professional cook, said she was “completely inspired”.

“I’d love to be a TV chef. I cook a lot at home and my speciality is chocolate cake,” she said.

Food Technology and Catering teacher Lauren Spicer said: “The purpose of the visit was to inspire and encourage the students in their final year and for them to develop their skills in the kitchen by watching Si in action.

“The visit was a fantastic experience for both students and staff and the welcome boost needed just before the end of term. We look forward to welcoming him back into Cramlington Learning Village for further projects in the near future.”