Children from Fernhill Heath’s Hindlip First School had a great day making and eating pizzas when they joined the head chef at the village’s new care home to learn about healthy eating.   

The youngsters were invited to Fernhill House to test out the home’s new outdoor pizza oven which had been inaugurated a few weeks earlier at a special event for residents and their families.   

The event was part of Fernhill House’s wider community focus which sees staff encourage members of the public to take part in many of the events it hosts.   The home’s ethos is very much on fun and vibrancy, and enabling residents to feel part of their wider surroundings and encourage a European style interaction across all age groups forms part of this philosophy.   

The youngsters learned about nutrition and food groups, rolled out pizza dough and prepared vegetables with former MasterChef contestant chef Chris Williams who then fired the finished products.   

Before working at Fernhill House Chris, who is evangelical about organic food and uses vegetables grown in the home’s own kitchen garden, used to run an organic café staffed by people with autism and learning difficulties and supervised a Big Lottery funded community growing and cooking project.   

While preparing the pizzas was an enjoyable way for the children to spend the morning, the icing on the cake was probably the chance to eat what they had produced for lunch!