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Michelin Chef Helps School Aim for Olympic Glory

Press Release   •   Feb 25, 2011 14:21 GMT

Michelin Star Yorkshire Chef Simon Gueller dropped by at a West Yorkshire School to help youngsters design a meal for a London 2012 athlete.


A competition run through the London 2012 education programme Get Set offers a unique and exciting opportunity for children and young people to cook their way to the London 2012 Games. The Get Set programme offers students and teachers free resources, opportunities and competitions inspired by the Games through its website.


Students at Ilkley Grammar School were asked to create two recipes that would help an Olympic and Paralympic athlete to stay in peak fitness; one inspired by the UK and the UK’s culture and one with an international flavour. The ultimate prize is seeing the meal on the menu during the London 2012 Games.


Gary Verity, Chair of Yorkshire Gold, said:


“The Get Set programme is a great way in which schools in Yorkshire can benefit from London 2012. So far over half of all schools in Yorkshire are signed up to the programme and we hope that this competition will see many more signing up.”


During the school session Simon, Michelin Star chef at The Box Tree Ilkley, gave pupils from Year 10 tips and advice on creating the perfect meal through his experience advising on how to use the freshest ingredients, and emphasised the importance of using local suppliers.


The award winning Box Tree restaurant, one of 5 Michelin starred restaurants in Yorkshire, has recently welcomed back Marco Pierre White as partner to continue their passion for excellence and quality at an already renowned restaurant.


Simon Gueller said:


“As a keen sportsman and chef I was thrilled to come along and give the children some tips on creating the perfect meal for elite athletes competing at the Games.  London 2012 will be the perfect showcase for a Yorkshire inspired dish and I hope that the children go away full of ideas and we see many entries from Yorkshire”


Helen Druett and Kay Emsley, Joint Heads of Food Technology at Get Set registered Ilkley Grammar School said:


“It was fantastic that Simon could give up some of his time to help the children today. The competition is another great way we can be involved with London 2012. We can use the competition for teaching and learning about healthy lifestyles, the students also get some inside knowledge and I know they are all looking forward to putting in their entries.”


Gary Verity added:


“We have seen many schools from Yorkshire visit the Olympic Park and win visits from the London 2012 mascots through the programme, but as Yorkshire is so famed for its food and drink it would be fantastic to see a Yorkshire meal on the menu during the Games in London.”


Schools can register for the Get Set programme and enter the competition at www.london2012.com/getset

Yorkshire Gold is part of Welcome to Yorkshire, the county’s official tourism body.

Yorkshire Gold has been established to ensure the people, communities and businesses of Yorkshire and Humber benefit commercially, culturally and in every other possible way from London 2012.

Welcome to Yorkshire is the official tourism agency for Yorkshire, working to grow the region's visitor economy and providing information on budget and luxury hotels in Yorkshire, days out and outdoor activities.