Trainee chefs share a tasty experience
Hours of painstaking preparation has seen Year 11 Hospitality students at the Radclyffe School prepare mouth-watering meals for a discerning clientele – members of staff at the Chadderton secondary.
Over two days the GCSE Hospitality students prepared 44 three-course meals, together with side dishes, and served their finished creations in a specially created pop-up restaurant.
Part of their final assessment the students planned, cooked, plated and served the meals, working against the clock.
The meals were made more special as they were the final ones to be served towards the GCSE qualification in Hospitality. Recent curriculum changes mean that the GCSE choice has changed to Food Preparation and Nutrition.
With the event carrying more than half the marks towards their final result, the students were assessed on their cooking skills, but also on teamwork, hygiene and safety and their planning.
Students came up with their ideas for the themes, which they ‘pitched’ within the team to decide what they would be. The first team devised a masquerade ball theme, with staff creating their own masks. An evening of Mexican cuisine followed, themed to the Mexican festival, ‘Dia de los Muertos’ (the Day of the Dead).
On each day, preparation and cooking began at 9am, continuing throughout the day for a 4 o’clock call of ‘Service!’
On the menu were choices including deep fried brie with cranberry sauce, chicken marinated in honey with ginger and mango salsa, and Oreo cheesecake.
The Mexican menu offered spicy prawn salad, jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese, spicy beef burritos and zesty fish cakes with mango salsa.
Teacher of Food and Nutrition Liz Roby said, “Preparing and serving so many superb meals against the clock is challenging, and the students did so well. The experience that students gain equips them well to consider careers in the catering industry.”