Catering Students TRY Their Hand At Cooking For The Falcons

Fri, 27/10/2000 - 01:00

A group of college hospitality and catering students were recently invited to help out with corporate hospitality at Kingston Park, home to the Newcastle Falcons.

The East Durham College students, aged between 16 and 59, were asked if they’d like to join the rugby club’s catering team to help provide catering and front of house support at last Friday’s Aviva Premiership game against the Exeter Chiefs.

The 10 students became part of the Falcon’s catering team managed by Operations Manager Giacomo Pieri.

“The students can gain a huge range of experiences and skills working these types of events. It gets them out of the education environment and straight into the high pressure world of corporate hospitality,” said Giacomo.

“The student’s did a great job and I’d be more than happy to invite any of them back to work at another match as a paid member of staff. They are welcome back any time,” he added.

The students worked in the club’s kitchens, restaurants and executive boxes - helping cater for over 600 delegates, including the players and their families.

Emma Dove, aged 29, from Peterlee, said: “The night went really smoothly. It was a great experience and something exciting I can add on to my CV!”

Sharon Flower, Programme Leader for Catering, added: “We were given this great opportunity through Joseph Keenan, Executive Chef for the Falcons who is also a part-time lecturer at the College.

“We felt this event would provide valuable experience not only for our students but also the College catering staff who came along too. The evening was extremely busy and gave the students a great insight into corporate hospitality. One we hope to repeat.”