MOVE over Jamie Oliver!
Huddersfield chef Barrington Douglas aims to be the new kid on the block.
And this talented food master is passing on his cookery skills to young cooks of the future at classes organised by Fixby Junior and Infant School.
And just like TV chef Jamie who hit the headlines with his crusade to improve school food, dad-of-two Barrington is doing his bit.
He is leading a 12-week course for children and adults to teach them about Caribbean, Chinese, Italian and southern Asian cookery.
His six-year-old son Levi attends the school and when Barrington is not busy running his Caribbean restaurant Discovery Bay, at Wood Street, Huddersfield, he is teaching him how to develop a love of food.
Barrington, who lives in Fartown, said: “Food and communal eating forms a large part of Caribbean culture.
“I grew up in a large Jamaican family, where food and cookery helped develop strong family ties.
“Our family still meets at my mum’s home each Sunday with children and grandchildren to enjoy traditional dishes such as chicken and rice and peas.
“It is extremely important to pass on this love of food, knowledge of different fruits and vegetables and how to create traditional dishes using these ingredients to future generations.”
The International Cookery Project has been developed following a successful bid from Fixby Junior and Infant School to the National Lottery’s Awards for All fund.
Maria Sandland, the school’s extended learning co-ordinator, and Helen Stephens, the ethnic minority achievement co-ordinator, have jointly organised the classes which start in September.
They will be held in food technology rooms at Fartown High School for two hours each week.
Maria said: “The children are very much looking forwards to having a go.
“The aim is to get the adults to share their experiences and skills and work with their own children to develop and encourage their children’s love of cooking, using fresh and unusual ingredients.”