Catering Students Cook Up A Storm

A group of 11 Year 10 students from Shotton Hall School and Easington Community Science College, who are working towards a BTEC Level 2 in Hospitality & Catering with East Durham College, organised and ran a ‘Foods of the World’ event as part of their final assessment.

The students had been researching, planning, training and taste testing for the event for the last two months. They decided as a group on the event theme, then researched menus and trained on how to create dishes from; Thai, Italian, Indian, Chinese and American cuisine. On the day the student’s all had a chance to get involved with preparing, cooking, serving and running the bar; non-alcoholic of course!

This was the student’s third and final assessment task to count towards their grade, so the pressure was really on as their prepared for the arrival of over 50 covers made up of; family, friends and staff from the two schools and the College.

Lynn Smith, Lecturer at East Durham College said, “It was fantastic how well the students performed on the day. The groups from each school had trained separately, so it was great to see how well they gelled together and worked as one team. Well done.

As part of the event three East Durham Students; Michelle Brown, Hayley O’Hara and Hannah Wilkinson, on a Travel & Tourism BTEC Level 1, also put together a display on Spain. This served as a welcome to the event and the girls also served welcome canapés as part of their customer service training.