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Local School children test their culinary skills

Students from Canons High School, Park High School and Parmiter’s School have had the opportunity to make use of our excellent cooking facilities at our Watford Campus. Led by college chefs, Peter Knight and Pedro Carmichael, the students have been taught how to prepare and cook a variety of advanced dishes over the course of three weeks.

The cooking was a great success and it pushed many of the students, years 9-11, outside of their comfort zone. This experience will also help the students prepare for the harder GCSE framework.

During the sessions students made exotic dishes such as Atayef, Syrian pancakes with ricotta, dates and cardamom honey, as well as some more traditional fish and chicken based dishes.

Jack Prentice, a student from Park High said: “I’ve really enjoyed coming into West Herts College each week to cook. International cuisine was definitely my favourite session when we made some delicious Syrian pancakes.”

A number of the students have a real passion for cookery and practice it outside of the classroom. Shania from Canons High School is one such student and she said: “I really love cooking, I won the Master Chef competition at school 2 years running and came third in the Rotary Young Chef Competition. Food is definitely my favourite subject at school and I’d love to study it at West Herts College in the future.”

Andrew Wakeford, Head of Restaurant Services at West Herts College, was pleased with how the sessions went: “The feedback has been excellent. All the students are really engaged and are learning new skills that will help them in the future. Being able to prepare and cook chicken and fish will give them a massive advantage in later life.”

“At the end of the session, they can take home a meal that they can enjoy and share with their family.”

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