A top chef will host a special dinner to raise funds for the old school

TV chef Liam Dillon with King Edward VI manager Jane Rutherford

Liam Dillon, who represented the Midlands on the BBC’s Great British Menu, will host the dinner at the Boat Inn in Lichfield on April 27.

The dinner will be open to parents, staff and governors of King Edward VI School in Lichfield, where Liam, 34, was a pupil.

The school is raising money to build a new kitchen for cooking classes and a dining room where they can learn about the hospitality business.

Liam said it was during his time at King Edward VI that he discovered his passion for cooking and was thrilled to be able to give something back to the school.

The 34-year-old had previously worked with the school during last year’s lockdown, when the restaurant team delivered their Heat At Home meals to teachers as a thank you for helping students during the coronavirus pandemic. coronavirus.

Liam said: “It was special helping my old school last year, my visit actually gave me the creeps.

“The school helped create the platform for my career in hospitality and now I want to help people who find themselves where I was all those years ago.”

He welcomed the school’s plan to invest in new dining halls and food teaching space and he feels special to be part of this project which will help many students for years to come.

King Edward VI headmistress Jane Rutherford said the school was raising funds to improve and expand the dining area and social areas for young people.

She said the school was growing and next year it would have over 1,600 students.

“By joining us for dinner, guests will be supporting our projects while enjoying great food,” she added.

“Liam was kind enough to approach us during lockdown to develop a bond as an alumnus, donating hot meals on wheels for staff on a weekly basis and has stayed in touch ever since.

“It has been a pleasure to see his reputation spread and for students to see a former student representing Lichfield and the West Midlands on the Great British Menu has been inspiring.”

The Boat in Walsall Road is the only restaurant in Staffordshire to have three AA rosettes.

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