ESOL students get a taste of chocolate

Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson from OMG - Oh My Ganache

Our ESOL students have had their tastebuds tantalized in an online chocolate taste test delivered by Talent United partner, local chocolatier and owner of OMG – Oh My Ganache, Mark Simpson.

The taste test was organised by the Enterprise department who provide enrichment opportunities for students through a range of tutorials, workshops and events with local industry experts and employers.

“Working with local business is a key factor in ensuring that we can provide enrichment opportunities for our students’ personal, social and professional development.”

Each student was provided with a set of 10 different flavoured milk, white and dark chocolates that were handmade by Mark and delivered to the College.
Mark talked to the students virtually asking them to taste each chocolate one by one and guess the weird and wonderful flavours. These included smoked paprika, popping candy, Ovaltine, bee pollen, sweet potato and concluded with Mark’s most popular product, bacon flavoured chocolate.

Throughout the session, Mark spoke about how he became a chocolatier and what inspires him when it comes to choosing ingredients and flavours in his chocolate. Students also had the chance to learn more about the chocolate making process and the flavours and textures that complement each type of chocolate.

Jess Widdowson, Enterprise Team Leader at Barnsley College who organised the session, said: “Working with local business is a key factor in ensuring that we can provide enrichment opportunities for our students’ personal, social and professional development.

“Mark provided a great opportunity for our ESOL students to get involved in something different and fun and learn more about how he has become a successful chocolatier.”

Mark Simpson

Last updated: 1st April 2021

Originally posted on: 1st April 2021