Vancouver school cooks get lessons from master chef John Bishop

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Say goodbye to crappy school lunches and hello to delicious West Coast cuisine.

That's because Vancouver board of education cafeteria workers will soon learn cooking skills from a master of the trade.

Tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Windermere secondary school, superstar chef John Bishop will hold the first of two training sessions for the workers, who are members of Local 963 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

The union and the board of education are sponsoring the workshops with the goal of improving the quality of food served in schools. The second training session will involve a different set of workers on April 30 at the same location.

Don't be surprised if this gets covered on the weekend television newscasts—camera operators and editors love images of tasty food.

In addition, Bishop was a pioneer in this region when it comes to sourcing local ingredients.

He's the owner of Bishop's Restaurant, which recently won the Georgia Straight readers' choice Golden Plates awards for best fine dining and best service in the Lower Mainland.

In a recent Georgia Straight survey of more than 100 chefs, restaurant owners, and managers, Bishop's Restaurant was voted to have the best West Coast cuisine in the region.

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