25th Feb 2019 – Recently, a group of our Y10 students competed in their own form of ‘Ready Steady Cook’ as part of a workshop held at Premier Foods’ head office.  Premier Foods manufacturers some of Britain’s best loved brands, including Mr Kipling, Batchelors, Angel Delight and Cadbury Cake. The company head office has been based in St Albans since 2002, and houses a large professional kitchen where the workshop was held and the students cooked their lunch.   

After an initial presentation given by Premier Foods’ Executive Chef Mark Rigby about the varying career options within the industry, the budding chefs were tasked to create a tasty lunch menu comprising seven savoury and sweet dishes from a list of ingredients in an hour and a half.  As part of this, the students used a number of Premier Foods’ products including Sharwood’s cooking sauces and Ambrosia Custard.  

 The students were split into two teams and were judged on teamworking, cleanliness, presentation and overall taste of the dishes they prepared.  After the session, the students were able to enjoy everything they cooked for lunch. As well as guiding the students while they were in the kitchen, Mark took the chance to speak to them about the importance of aiming higher in their careers, learning a trade well, finding a mentor, and achieving a good work/life balance.  

Premier Foods’ Executive Chef Mark Rigby 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, get them involved in some cooking and make them aware of the varying career options available to them, many of which are possible through working at Premier Foods.   We really enjoyed holding our first head office visit with Loreto College which I hope inspired some of the students to consider a career within the industry.”   

Miss Ross and Mr Fuller report that our students were really excited to see the work of the chefs at Premier Foods, and responded very positively to this opportunity to learn about careers in catering, hospitality and food manufacturing.  Loreto College is very grateful to Permier Foods for giving them this chance to learn about how they can apply in real life the skills they gain in their food technology lessons.

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