Isla and Florence from Northgate’s News Team, decided they wanted to interview Mr Fair, Northgate’s food teacher! Here’s how it went:

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are painting, cycling. I like walking/ going on walks and I enjoy paddle boarding too! Or any kind of extreme sports activity.

Have you had any previous jobs and what were they?

Yes, so I have had lots of jobs. So I was a teacher in another school, I was also an art teacher before I started teaching food tech. I lived in Spain for several years where I was a gardener and a greenkeeper and I even worked in hotels, restaurants and bars!

What is your favourite dish to make?

(Spaghetti) Carbonara. Or technically my dirty Carbonara, its not a very healthy dish that’s why I call it dirty. So it’s like my own spin on a traditional carbonara.’’

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Umm that would have to be guinea pig, jellyfish or llama!

Have you ever met any famous chefs?

Yeah! I have met Gennaro Contaldo, he was the one who taught Jamie Oliver how to cook Italian food.  I have also met Tim Kinnard (from Masterchef), he came and taught some things to Year 10 students at Northgate.’’

What made you decide to teach food tech?

Well I love all the different types of food and I love cooking! But I think also the fact that I wanted to become a teacher was because I had a really bad time in school and the teachers were not very nice and they didn’t really listen or help you in the 1980s so I thought by being a teacher I could give you all someone who would listen and help you and make you feel better about school/

If you didn’t teach food tech what would be your other option/s?

Art or Spanish. Two very good subjects!

We have heard you like to travel. What’s your favourite destination?

Ooh that’s a good question! I think I would have to say, South America or Thailand.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to go camping, like I said before I like to go paddle boarding, I also enjoy watching films, painting and drawing too.

Do you have any siblings?

Yes, one brother and two sisters – all younger than me.

And finally, which place do you believe has the weirdest foods?

Actually, that’s a pretty easy one, it would have to be China, or probably North Korea.

A big thank you to Isla and Florence for posing the questions and to Mr Fair for sitting down and answering them (he thought they were particularly good questions too!)