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Archway School

Year 12 “Taste Of India” Experience At Egypt Mill Nailsworth   

Year 12 Archway students studying Food Science and Nutrition were given an amazing opportunity to spend Wednesday 18th October working in the kitchens at Egypt Mill Hotel Nailsworth. 

In collaboration with Simon (Head Chef), Mike (Banqueting Chef) and Rob (General Manager), the students prepared, cooked and served a 3 course Indian Banquet. The “Taste of India” event was part of Egypt Mill’s “Taste the World” series, with the authentic meal enjoyed by nearly 60 guests including staff, family and members of the public.

     Students arrived at 10 am for a long, hard but very productive and worthwhile day. After a short tour and Health & Safety debrief, it was straight into preparing chicken for the chat and jalfrezi, onions for the bhajis, vegetables for the balti, and making dough for the chapatis and galub jamun. The students had never prepared food on such a large scale, astounded by the quantities required for a large scale event. Simon and Mike were always on hand to demonstrate correct techniques, provide useful tips and educate on the history and flavours of authentic Indian food.

     As students were being inducted in to the day to day life of a Chef, breaks were limited and students had to adjust to sore feet and aching legs as they stood for longer than they had before! All forgotten when they were served a delicious Burger and Chips courtesy of Egypt Mill. Fuelled ready for another long session where the aim was to bring all the dishes together. Spiced carrot cake to slice and decorate, Indian donuts to shape and sweeten, omelettes to cook to top the rashmi kebab and bhajis to deep fry. As well as all of the food preparation, students worked with Katie on front of house, laying and decorating the tables and room ready for guests.

The day culminated with the presentation and serving of the starters, mains and desserts to all of the guests. The students were amazed at the level of organisation required to make sure all ran as smoothly as possible, to exactly what was served, how and when. The nerves soon disappeared as they recognised friendly faces and felt more comfortable with the high expectations placed upon them!

     Guests were hugely complimentary about the quality of the food and the service provided by Archway students. It really was a team event, success etched on the faces of the students, staff and guests. Students were very grateful for the opportunity and developed many personal and professional skills. Steve, Mike and Rob were very impressed and plans are in place for future projects as well as offers of part-time work and apprenticeships in the future! A fantastic day for all involved.