Students were shown how to bake a range of artisan loaves including sourdough, focaccia and fougasse. They also had the chance to quiz Tom on the inner workings of one of Cornwall’s best-known bakeries.
One of the first bakeries to bring speciality bread-making back to Cornwall, Baker Tom was last spring named in the list of Britain’s 20 best bakeries by the Telegraph.
Tom said: “The evening has been great and it’s really good fun giving something back to the younger generation and helping them to understand the methods we use and the provenance of our ingredients. The programme is great – it’s nice to see the connection between food and education. It’s often something that’s forgotten about in schools and it’s great to see that’s not the case here.”
The masterclass is one of many for the bespoke cookery programme which has already welcomed former Head Chef at Fifteen Cornwall, Andy Appleton, and Masterchef quarter-finalist and founder of Sabzi Deli, Kate Attlee.
Still to come this half term are sessions on perfecting salmon en croute with Cordon-Bleu trained chef Mrs Fyonah Ferris and a masterclass with Mariana Chaves, former Head Pastry Chef at Fifteen Cornwall and formerly Nuno Mendes (Chiltern Firehouse) and Le Cordon Bleu.