International cookery on the menu at Colston's Girls' School

3Colston’s Girls’ School, which specialises in languages and has students from ethnically diverse backgrounds, now has an even stronger international flavour thanks to a pioneering cookery project.

Chefs and owners of restaurants close to the school in Cheltenham Road have been in to teach the girls about their native cuisines.

And now the girls are passing on their new knowledge and skills to pupils at the Kingfisher School in St Anne’s Park, which is also part of the Colston’s Girls’ School Trust.


The international cookery club for students in Year 9 was developed by teacher Isabel Partridge. She involved five food providers in Gloucester Road – Rice ‘n’ Things (Jamaican), Ba Baa’s (Moroccan), El Colmado (Spanish), La Ruca (Mexican) and Joe’s Bakery (international breads) – as well as the Nigerian restaurant Iroko, in Old Market.

The chefs gave demonstrations and then the girls, aged 13 and 14, had the chance to make and consume the dishes: Jamaican curried chicken, lamb koftas and Moroccan salad, Mexican chimichangas, Salmorejo (thick Spanish tomato soup) London bloomer and naan bread and Nigerian red bream and plantain with tomato sauce.

1Among the girls who took part were Katherine Chapman, 14, from Southmead. She has a Kenyan mum who cooks mainly African dishes and an English dad who makes roasts. She said the club had enabled her to make some different meals and take them home for her parents to sample. Arooma Javed, 14, from Brislington, whose mum is from Pakistan and dad from Belgium, said she had learned some recipes so she could help her mum with the cooking.

“It has been a fantastic experience. I have learned many skills and cooked some delicious dishes,” another student said. Ms Partridge said: “ Our aim was to involve and celebrate some of the many cultures in our school and in our neighbourhood around the Gloucester Road. The chefs were brilliant and engaged with us so well. Some of the girls have even been offered work experience in the restaurants. The girls have also enjoyed sharing their skills with the younger children at The Kingfisher School.”

For further information, please contact Linda Tanner, 07770 700579

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