Last week a group of Year 6 students from Wix Primary School visited The Pier for a chance to look behind the scenes in the kitchen and the restaurant. With all the children sporting Chef’s hats, Head Chef Chris Oakley showed them how to make a variety of dishes including pizza, bread rolls and fish fingers. Chris then gave them a chance to taste both the home made and the shop bought equivalent to decide which tasted the best – Chef’s version every time!

Then it was into the bar to sample a Pier Dolphin (a non alcoholic cocktail) followed by a quick lesson in napkin folding by Nick Chamber, the hotels General Manager – who knows he may have been looking for future recruits?

Chris Oakley said ‘It was great to welcome Wix Primary School to The Pier and I was relieved they chose my cooking above a supermarket variety. I think it’s very important to build up links with local schools and show the students that good home cooked food is quick, easy and above all fun to prepare’

The Pier Hotel in Harwich just has to be visited ! Overlooking the water. The Pier offers fine dining in The Harbourside Restaurant and 14 luxury hotel room accommodation.

Sue Bunting

Sun 22 Jun 2008, Sue Bunting