Year 10 students studying hospitality and catering received expert advice during a visit to a local hotel. The students enjoyed a three-course dinner at the Rockingham Forest Hotel and spoke to the manager and head chef.
As part of the hospitality module, students have to learn about ‘front of house’ skills, such as greeting guests and making them feel relaxed and comfortable. Other essential knowledge includes how to correctly lay a place setting and the art of serving and clearing food from a dining table.
Earlier this year the 14 students catered for ‘The Event’ at Brooke Weston, preparing canapés and drinks for up to 40 guests attending a musical concert. It gave them valuable experience in catering and hosting a function.
Food technology teacher Ms Letchet said: ‘Some of the students sat with the hotel manager, Ms Gillian Green. They told her about our event and she gave them some advice. After our meal the head chef also came in and answered more questions.
‘ The meal was a really bonding experience and, for some students, it was the first time they had been for a meal in a restaurant so they could see how the cutlery was formally laid out. The food was also presented imaginatively with skilful cutting, garnishes and the use of black crockery to highlight its colour and make it even more appealing. All of these are ideas that the students will doubtless remember when they embark on the catering module of their GCSE.’