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In May, some of our Catering students went along to Headcorn's annual May Fair - which had been the first since 2019 due to the pandemic. Over 400 burgers and 300 sausages were cooked by our students and staff, and they represented the college very well! Cooking BBQ food in an environment such as this was a great hands-on experience for our students. In total with the rest of the funds raised on the day, £9521 was raised for Headcorn School! Read more about this here.
This experience at Headcorn set up our students very well for their next big task, which was the BBQ for our Platinum Jubilee party. Alongside many of the other ways we celebrated, students served delicious food throughout our Jubilee party to ensure that students and staff alike celebrated 70 years of the Queen's reign in college in the best way possible. Safe to say by this point our students were ready for BBQ's over the summer! Read more about our Jubilee celebrations here.
Throughout the year we have contests in college which help our Catering students focus on their time management, presentation and teamwork skills. An example of this is our Romantic Dinner contests, in which students are tasked to make a romantic 3 course menu which would be perfect for a date night or a fancy restaurant. Meals were judged by our staff from across the college including our Principal's. The winner back in June was a starter of grilled Halloumi, a main of Roast Duck and Veg and a dessert of puff pastry hearts!
Across our catering courses, as well as events giving our students the chance to learn from the best, we also have several industry visits. In September, our new Catering students went along to Matches Ashford, a local Sports Bar and Grill to see how they have had great success locally. Students also had a tour of the kitchen and the facilities and were able to see just how much there was to running a business such as this. Read more here.
Catering students had a big event in November to prepare for, which was our Annual Veteran's Lunch! Having gone down really well last year with those who we served for the day, we invited local veterans and those from charities back into college to have another fantastic meal. The bar was raised high but our students this year didn't disappoint, creating wartimes favourites such as traditional hotpot. Read more about this event here.
Finally in December after two busy terms this academic year, our Catering students were tasked with making Christmas Dinner for not just an external group, but also our own staff! Members of the Intelligence Corps Association came into college to see just how good our food was, and our students were praised for their good food and service skills. A week later just before the end of term, our staff sat down in the atrium for their own Christmas meals, and our students were once again on the ball, using all the skills learnt to ensure the food was at a very high standard.