Catering students serve royal feast for the Queen and guests

Six of our Catering and Hospitality students have recently spent the week at Windsor cooking for the Queen, her family, friends and acquaintances during the annual Royal Horse Show.

Preparing hundreds of meals each day, the students and their tutors supported lead chefs in cooking and serving classic and modern cuisine to both the royal restaurant and members’ restaurant which consisted of VIPs and exclusive guests.

The prestigious event also marked the Queen’s birthday where royalty from around the world were also invited, including the King of Bahrain and Prince of Azerbaijan.

Catering course leader, Martyn Hollingsworth, together with tutors Angela McGinley and James Key expressed how extremely proud of the students they were for being such fine ambassadors of the college and coping well under pressure.

Level 2 Catering and Hospitality student, Kiera Brammah, 18, added: “The whole experience was amazing! The days were long and sometimes tough but working alongside such supportive tutors and friends from my course made it all worthwhile as we were all in the same boat. We are so lucky to have been offered such an amazing opportunity and have taken away professional skills and techniques that we have learnt from the chefs whom we worked with. My favourite part was definitely cooking, plating up and serving for the Queen, not many people can say they have done that!”

“They worked to professional standards throughout the week and were praised by industry experts for their diligence and remarkable work ethic. So much so, their hard work was recognised by the director of the company who stated that without the dedication of the learners they would have not coped, and that they are in debt to the college.”

Martyn said: “Catering for such a high-profile event was a challenge for myself and my colleagues, who are highly qualified and experienced, so for our students to take on the challenge and do such a wonderful job is extraordinary. Collectively we worked over 60 hours in five days and as tough as the days were, the students were amazing, nothing was too much of an ask and everyone showed a real can do attitude.

For more information on Barnsley College’s Catering and Hospitality courses call 01226 216 123, email or visit their department page.

Last updated: 21st June 2017

Originally posted on: 21st June 2017