Loreto College Year 11 students competed in their very own version of Ready Steady Cook as part of a workshop held at Premier Foods in St Albans.
Premier Foods set up an initiative to partner up with two schools in St Albans to provide help for local students studying food technology.
This included an insight into the world of work in catering, hospitality, food manufacturing industries and to help students develop transferable employment skills.
Premier Foods manufactures some of Britain’s best loved brands including Mr Kipling, batchelors,
angel delight and Cadbury cake.
Premier Food’s executive chef Mark Rigby gave an initial presentation about the varying career options within the industry before the students got started on their workshop.
Mark said: “The food industry has changed immensely and offers bigger, better and more interesting career opportunities.
“It’s not just the culinary basis of food that’s interesting; it’s also the science of food. It was great to be able to welcome in some of our local students to talk about this.”
The students were then split into two teams and were judged on their team work, cleanliness, presentation and overall taste of the dishes they prepared.
Loreto College’s assistant head teacher, Naomi Ross, said: “It was a great chance for our students to learn about how they can apply the skills they gain in their food technology lessons in real life.”
After the session, students were able to enjoy everything they cooked for lunch, where Mark was able to speak to them about the importance of aiming higher in their careers.