Junior Chef Academy
2onMain have been running a junior chefs academy in conjunction with the Traditional Industries Campaign with a seven week program, from 1st September finishing on the 13th October.
They have been hosting five students from each primary school (Pilling, Herford & St Paul’s). All junior chefs had the chance of cooking different dishes (St Helenian tuna fishcakes, pork & apple burgers, sausage rolls, tuna & sweet corn pizza, sausage pizza & banana tarter tatting.) In the kitchen they were coached by Bevan Youde, Kimberly Thomas and Marissa Thomas (Students studying NVQ2 Diploma in professional cookery) who were able to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, with the junior chefs. The junior chefs had the opportunity to gain experience in the restaurant (setting tables, folding napkins, polishing glasses, cutlery, taking food orders, serving drinks, making banana smoothies & cafeteria coffee.) These sessions were run by Julia Benjamin & Sabrina Harper (front of house trainers).
Traditional Industries Campaign: The primary school learners had the opportunity in gaining and demonstrating knowledge in the ‘farm to fork’ process thereby incorporating more of the traditional industries in the sessions. The junior chefs were given tasks to find out who farms, fishes and rears the different products, on the menu, on the island and how it is then passed down the line to the final cooked product, tracing each step for the products, which they completed in a poster format. For their final sessions the junior chefs had to organize the team as to who was working in which area. On the final week they cooked and served and showed parents and head teachers around the kitchens and restaurant with the junior chefs cooking and explaining the processes and ingredients that they were using.
The Experience: Chef Mike Harper said “The junior chefs behaved fantastically and the 2onMain chef trainers gained a lot from the experience. I am confident that some of the junior chefs will be inspired to take this as a career for the future. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be involved with this event. Thank you to Tammy Williams & Kirsty Joshua for introducing me to the Traditional Industries Campaign, to run this program”.
The children selected by each school were:
St Pauls: Nesta Yon, Dominique Fowler, Annika Lawrence, Danika Ellick and Kyla Joshua
Pilling School: Alex Harris, Katie Williams, Kayleen Brady, Liana Crowie and Ronaldo Johnson
Harford: Tori Ellick, Hanna Hickling, Alonso Thomas, Joey Thomas and Leeann Green
For further information please contact:
Assessor at 2onMain
Phone: +290 22110