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Rob Rees reopens North Somerset school kitchen

16 Jan 2012

Rob Rees, celebrity chef and chairman of The School Food, has officially reopened a school kitchen in North Somerset.

St Martin's school kitchen in Worle closed last summer following the sudden failure of several key pieces of equipment. As a result, an urgent refit has been organised to bring it up to standard and back into use.

The new facility, which has cost £85,000, has seen the removal of nearly all the old equipment, new floor and wall coverings and the installation of state of the art, energy efficient, new cooking equipment including two 10 grid combination ovens, three standard ovens and a new ventilation and extraction system.

Lynda Mitchell, commissioning and contract manager at North Somerset Council said: "I'm really pleased with how so many different professionals from so many companies and council departments came together to design, agree, plan implement and install a new facility is a relatively short period of time.

"Everyone recognised how important a fresh, hot school lunch is to the pupils and ensure we all did what we could to turn this around in record time.

"To have a unusable kitchen replaced with such a fantastic new facility is a tremendous achievement which is already benefiting the pupils and staff at St Martins, so a big thank you need to go to all involved."

The new facility officially opened last week (11 January).