Barnsley College’s catering department recently played host to a range of events to give learners an insight into the industries they aspire to join.
As part of ‘Industry Week’, Level 3 students were asked to prepare cooking demonstrations to Level 1 and 2 learners where they were able to experience the innovative skills taught in future years.
Level 3 Professional Cookery student Rhys Inman recently spent a week cooking for the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester and shared his complex culinary knowledge with the Level 1 and 2 students. He said: “It’s great to be able to share what we are learning on our course with other students who are hoping to progress within college to a higher level. They were all really fascinated at the skills we have obtained and it was a pleasure to inspire them.”
Industry suppliers were also invited into the college’s Open Kitchen restaurant to exhibit their products and talk about their roles within the catering business.
Martyn Hollingsworth, Catering and Hospitality course leader, organised the events within the department to help learners on their way to getting job-ready. He said: “Industry Week has been a great success with some great guest chefs demonstrating their skills. It’s brilliant to see these professionals genuinely interested in inspiring the next generation of catering and hospitality employees.”
“It’s been lovely to see so many interested and eager students.”
One of the exhibition stands showcased local flour producer Worsbrough Mill Flours where Miller Richard Moss was on hand to speak to learners about their range of artisan flours and how they are made. He said: “It’s been lovely to see so many interested and eager students. We’re offering milling days for the students so they can come and experience the mill and see how we are creating produce away from mass market products.”
Retired bakery lecturer and author Christopher H.J North also offered his expertise at the college over two days. As the author of ‘A Taste of History’, a comprehensive French bread cookbook, Christopher held a book signing as well as hosting a range of bakery demonstrations. He said: “The bakery lessons I held for the students were wonderful. Lots of fresh-faces enthusiastic to learn is what this industry is all about. I have very kindly been invited back next year to spend more time with the catering students.”
Last updated: 8th March 2016
Originally posted on: 8th March 2016