Cooking up a Culinary Storm
Year 11 Hospitality and Catering students take over The Villa to cook, serve and wait on their families and friends. Amy Shuttleworth, Year 9, reports on the event.
Every year, and after months of preparation, Mrs Rossall and the students taking GCSE Hospitality and Catering go to The Villa in Wrea Green to cook brilliant dishes for friends, family and school staff. Under the watchful eye of The Villa’s own chef and staff, the Hospitality and Catering students prepared, cooked and served a three course meal and, as this year was an Olympic year, students decided that this would be their theme.
After much consideration and some excellent dishes produced, the menu was chosen. The front of house team, ably lead by Will Critchley as Restaurant Manager, decided to base the menu around the medal table from this year’s games.
The starters were from America and China as they came first and third; there was a choice between Pumpkin Soup developed by Annie Frain and Rebecca Anderson or Duck and Asparagus Spring Rolls, one of Daisy Williams’ dishes.
To follow, customers were treated to a locally sourced Chicken Breast filled with Cream Cheese and Tomatoes and wrapped in bacon; this was served on a bed of creamed potatoes and a side dish of oven roasted seasonal vegetables. This dish was developed by Katie Clarke.
To finish, our guests were treated to a trio from Rio! A mouth-watering selection of desserts based upon the host city of the Olympics.
To accompany the wonderful meal was excellent, high class entertainment from Lucy Silvester on the flute and Nicholas Christodoulou on the piano.
One customer said: ‘Those taking part should be extremely proud of themselves and the enormous effort that they all quite clearly made to make the guests feel incredibly welcome’.
Students decided that they would like to make the event into a charity night, so they organised a raffle and sold tickets on the night raising £307.00 for ‘The Happy House’ in Watamu, Kenya. All money raised went towards buying textbooks for the new secondary school they have built. Elizabeth Gomm from The Happy House attended our event and spoke to the guests about the charity.
The teacher behind this event, Mrs Rossall, followed every move of the students at The Villa, who took on roles of professional chefs, pastry chefs, wine waiters, head and deputy waiters/waitresses and regular serving staff. They supported them throughout the night.
Mrs Rossall said, “Students worked hard throughout the evening to provide our customers with an enjoyable dining experience that was extremely professionally delivered. The event is the practical element of the students GCSE coursework which is worth 60 marks overall. Each and every student should be proud of their achievements and have all done very well. Results day in August will show us how well they did!”
The evening was a tremendous success with the students serving 120 guests in a very impressive and professional way. It has proved to be an annual highlight in the Saint Aidan’s diary and we are already looking forward to what next year brings!