Elena Stanciu, Head of Kitchen at the Royal Docks School, Newham is having a day to remember today when she takes up her position with the brigade in the kitchen in the Gallery Restaurant at the world famous emporium of Fortnum and Mason. The 300+ years old flagship store, at 181 Piccadilly, has extended an invitation to Elena to join them as part of LACA’s Host a School Chef programme and to celebrate National School Meals Week. Elena is employed by Juniper Ventures Ltd. suppliers of catering and cleaning services to the London Borough of Newham, whose Managing Director, Michael Hales is Chair of LACA.
Yesterday Fortnum & Mason invited Elena to a ‘Welcome’ day where she was given a guided tour of the iconic building on Piccadilly, a summary of the 312 year history, an induction into what she needed to know for today, introductions to the team she will be working with in the Gallery Restaurant and then sat down to enjoy a marvellous lunch. What a great couple of days and a big thank you to Fortnum and Mason for their outstanding support this year and to Juniper Ventures for giving Elena the opportunity. Everyone on the Host a School Chef team wishes Elena every success.