A former Masterchef winner has been passing on culinary tricks of the trade to students at a Haverhill secondary school.

Natalie Coleman spent a day with students at Castle Manor Academy in Haverhill who then served up their dishes to the school’s leadership team.

Carrie Spurling, food teacher at Castle Manor, said she was delighted to welcome Natalie to the school.

Carrie said: “Food technology is an important subject at Castle Manor and it has been wonderful for the students to see someone like Natalie who has achieved so much in the industry.

“She was really inspiring and helped bring a different perspective to the lesson.”

Natalie, who won BBC Masterchef in 2013 before working in a number of Michelin-star restaurants, added: “I have been really impressed with the quality on show by the students.

“I work a lot in schools and it is great to see Castle Manor Academy have such a commitment to cooking.”

Students from Year 8 to Year 11 were given the chance to work with Natalie and cooked dishes ranging from chicken kebabs to sea bass.