The newest member to the Thomas Franks Family and Chef Manager at Duncombe School Michael Goulston. Michael joins with a wealth of experience, the title of 2018 School Chef of the Year and exceptional baking skills that he recently put to work helping to bake a birthday cake for Prince Charles’ landmark 70th birthday. The cake was designed to look like the front of Prince Charles’ formal London residence, Clarence House, with the back being a school dining room scene, with school children eating a nutritious roast dinner.

Michael was invited to be involved in the creation of the special cake after winning the 2018 Lead Association for Catering in Education School Chef of the Year Award – the first time in the award’s 20-year year history that a man has clinched the prize. Contestants were given an hour-and-a-half to prepare a balanced, two-course meal that would appeal to 11-year-olds, while spending a maximum of £1.30. He served the judges oven baked, Southern crumbed chicken with herb mousseline, gnocchi and vegetables followed by coconut cheesecake with pineapple and strawberry compote and a tuile biscuit.