MORE than 70 pupils from senior schools in the Stafford area spent the day learning about careers in the hospitality industry at a special event aimed at providing a taste of life preparing and serving food, and developing new dishes.
The Good Food Show 2014, took place at Stafford College, which threw open its training kitchens and restaurants to pupils from local schools including King Edward VI High School, Sir Graham Balfour High School and Weston Road Academy in Stafford as well as Wolgarston High School in Penkridge and Hagley Park Academy in Rugeley.
Pupils and their teachers were invited to take part in a range of experiences helping them learn about food, nutrition and catering.
The would-be chefs and restaurant managers were able to sample seven different workshops during the day, learning about Thai cookery, cocktails, nutrition, flambé cookery and cake-pop making.
They also tested their skills in two challenge events, taking part in a silver service race and a “Sweet Genius” competition to create the perfect pudding from a selection of healthy ingredients and sweet treats.
Expert assistance in the workshops was provided by current students at Stafford College, many of whom discovered their own taste for a life in catering by attending the Good Food Show in previous years.
“It was a terrifically successful event,” said lecturer Jason Smith. “Pupils got a flavour of some specialist skills and learned a little more about the opportunities that exist within the hospitality industry at all levels.
“Careers in this sector can be terrifically rewarding for people with the right kind of passion, skills and knowledge.
“I hope that we were able to inspire some of the young people who attended the event to become the award-winning chefs and successful managers of the future.
“It was obvious that the school pupils enjoyed their day and our own students enjoyed helping them.
“Teachers also got a lot out of the day and we will be extending our links with them to support pupils in their GCSE Food & Nutrition modules.”