Tuesday 22nd September 2009 by C. Freeman
Students are enjoying the new food technology room at Brooke Weston. So far fruit salad and chunky vegetable soup have been on the menu with teachers firstly demonstrating the method then the students getting a chance to create their own versions.
Each stage of the process is explained in detail with the emphasis on hygiene, safety and correct storage methods. The kitchens have large chillers which rapidly cool cooked food so it can be stored and collected at the end of the day. Students are expected to clean up their cooking areas and wash their utensils but, if necessary, there are also two industrial dishwashers which can complete a wash cycle in just three minutes if necessary.
Mr Barrett, who taught a Year 8 group said: 'Some students may have cooked before but for many others it's the first time they have learned basics such as peeling and chopping. Once students are familiar with these initial skills we will be able to start challenging them with more complex dishes. Being able to plan and cook nutritious meals is a lifelong skill so this food technology room is a major asset which will be well-used.'