Rhys Baker is our new Chef Manager… so we gave him a grilling!
Where did you work before you came to KAS? I have worked for Goldman Sachs, J Walter Thompson, Gidleigh park 2 Michelin starred restaurant, QE2 Conference Centre and many more. I’ve experienced a diverse range of catering styles which I’d like to bring into KAS.
What do you like about working in a school? The most important thing for me is that its more rewarding than some of the restaurants ,events spaces and investment banks I’ve worked in as you can nurture and expand the kids palates during their time at KAS.
Where did you get your passion for food? My passion comes from having two parents from the Caribbean who cooked a lot of food for me as a child which was full of flavour. The intrigue to try other cultures foods and expand my palate led me into catering and I have been in love with food ever since.
How do you encourage our students to eat healthily? As a parent myself I fully understand the importance of giving a child a healthy but balanced diet and my stance is ‘healthy does not have to be boring’. I am committed to making a great menu which incorporates modern dishes but also healthy twists on the old classics.
What’s the most difficult part of your job? The most difficult thing is constantly evolving and staying relevant and on trend. But I thrive on constantly challenging myself and any team I’m part of.
What’s the best thing about your job? Best thing is seeing people enjoy the food and how great taste and visually appealing food will last in people’s memory.
What is your goal with the catering provision at KAS? My goals for KAS are to redesign and improve, not only the food, but the complete experience of having lunch here. I’m hoping to do themed days and have exciting menus that your children will want to eat.
What can we expect as things return to normal (hopefully) in the Autumn Term? From September I would like to introduce a more streamlined, interactive service with a more robust menu. I want there to be more theatre to lunches so food won’t just taste great but how it is garnished, presented and the general ambience in the dining hall will all contribute to a great dining experience. I am dedicated to making school lunches fun and showing food is not just a formality.
What is your favourite food? This is difficult one! I have more than one favourite but if I had to choose it would be Jerk chicken, rice & peas, macaroni cheese & coleslaw. It reminds me of going back to Jamaica in the summer holidays as a child and your lips tingling and feeling numb from the spice.