This month started off quietly as I planned my sessions during the two weeks of the Easter Holidays.
A recent study found that only 1 in 10 young people were considering going into the hospitality, catering and distribution industries. In light of these findings I headed into Heritage High School in Clowne to talk to GCSE students about careers available to them within the Food industry.
I started off the sessions getting them to write down any jobs within the industry they could think of…. Both groups came up with Chef! After talks about the industry and the wide range of jobs –they could all give me at least five job titles including: butcher, baker, cheesemaker, gamekeeper, food stylist, technologist….. Hopefully a success and opened their eyes to the wide variety of jobs available to them.
The following week I went into Sutton Academy and ran my first after-school session with them. The students were y7 and really enthusiastic. These will become monthly sessions with the Y7’s learning about artisan food. We had a great response and a whopping 20% of the year group turned up and learnt how to make artisan bread. Next month we will re-enforce our knowledge by making flavoured breads.
The next day I worked with the GCSE students looking at different flours and raising agents. We looked at how using different flours and raising agents and how you kneaded the bread would affect your end loaf. They all really enjoyed the artisan method of making bread and want a session just on making bread next…if we can fit it in before their exams start.
From these few days concentrating on bread I whisked off to Magnus Church of England School in Newark and spent two happy days making ice-cream while the sun shone (it really did shine for a bit!) with again some GCSE groups. During the two sessions we compared store bought ice-cream in some blind tasting and then we made our own ice-cream in a bag. They all had a great time and the majority of them preferred their home-made ice-cram and the least favourite was the super-market basic soft-scoop!
In the next blog find out about how our students from Minster school enjoyed their sausage making here at the school with Rich Summers our butchery tutor. I will also be visiting West Bridgford School in Nottinghamshire and Retford Oaks Academy in Retford for some full days of artisan cooking and baking as well as cross-curricular days.