Top TV baker Mary Berry was given a welcome fit for the royal family when she visited Stamford High School this week to reopen the home economics block.
A red carpet was laid out for the Great British Bake Off judge when she arrived at the school in High Street, St Martin’s on Tuesday morning.
The food writer and television presenter was invited to the school to officially open both the refurbished home economics department and the new atrium.
Mary was full of praise for the school. She said: “I think it’s very exciting that the rooms have been refurbished, I think it’s immensely important that every girl in the school can cook when she leaves and when I say cook, I mean nutritional, healthy meals.
“They also need to understand where the food comes from and how to prepare it in the best, simplest way - nothing too complicated.
“When they leave school they’ll go to university or possibly be in a room somewhere on their own and to be able to produce meals for others that maybe haven’t been so fortunate is great! It’s cheaper to eat at home.
“I’m bringing what I learnt back to schools, it’s very important to actually get down and cook, not think about it, but do it.”
The whole school gathered in the hall to give Mary a warm welcome when she arrived. She then gave an assembly about the importance of learning to cook in today’s society.
After the assembly Mary was shown around the school, meeting and greeting a number of pupils along the way and signing books.
The school’s magazine held an interview with Mary in the library, finding out all the gossip from Bake Off.
Mary , who stayed at The George Hotel in Stamford this week, then went on to visit the new home economics rooms, where she spoke to some of the home economics pupils, who, at the time, were in the kitchens learning how to make pasta. She also cast her eye over cakes baked by the pupils and visited a class.
Zoe Bertuzzi, 13, said: It’s really good to have Mary Berry here, she’s a really inspiring woman. I’m a keen fan of the Bake Off and all of her recipes are really good.
“I want to study cooking for GCSE, I really enjoy it and I would love to one day be as famous as Mary Berry.”
Ella Baines, 13, said: “We didn’t think we would actually get to see her today. She’s such a great inspiration for those of us studying food and we all love the Bake Off. Hearing her story makes you want to go further. It’s all very surreal seeing her in person.”
And Georgie Lachlan, 13, said: “Mary Berry is awesome, she is my inspiration along with my mum - they’ve both made me want to do something involving cooking as a career.”
Stamford Endowed Schools principal Stephen Roberts said: “It’s been wonderful to have Mary Berry here today, it’s great the way she’s engaged with the students and I think the girls and boys will remember this day for years to come.”
The performing arts centre at Stamford School was also reopened this week after a £1.4m refurbishment.