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9th Jul 2019

Pupils at Brooke Weston Academy rose to our #challenge581 by becoming Hospitality Heroes for the night.

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students were given a masterclass in producing restaurant quality food by an award-winning team at a local pub.

The owner Joe Buckley and a team of chefs from the Tollemache Arms in Harrington worked all day and into the evening with students to prepare, serve and clear a three-course dinner for more than 50 guests. The students were involved in all aspects of the food preparation and it gave them a real insight into what a busy day in the hospitality industry entails.

The dishes included butternut squash and mozzarella arancini for starters followed by Meditteranean spiced chicken with aubergine puree, charred courgette and red pepper and chorizo sweet potato mash. The vegetarian option was feta and harissa filo parcel with aubergine puree and griddle courgettes. Dessert was a rhubarb and ginger tart with orange cream, candied zest and sloe gin syrup.

Joe Buckley, the owner of the Tollemache Arms, said: ‘We run a programme called Hospitality Heroes where we go into local schools as we are trying to get kids excited about food. I did a lot of cooking as a child and this is about promoting the hospitality industry as a career. I have owned the pub for four and a half years and we have won a couple of national and local awards’.

Principal Pete Kirkbride said: ‘I am so proud of our students. They produced exceptional food and worked tirelessly throughout the day to ensure that our guests had a fantastic bistro experience. Thanks also to Natasha and food technician Denise Dryburgh who worked so hard to make this event a huge success.’

Guests paid a voluntary donation for their meals and the fantastic total was split between The Anthony Nolan Fund and Lakelands Hospice.

Lakelands Hospice received a very generous donation of £493.00!!

Thank you Brooke Weston Academy, your wonderful donation will help our wonderful team of dedicated nurses to continue providing more nights of award-winning care to people living in Corby in the last few days of their lives, whilst in the comfort of their own homes surrounded by their loved ones.

A massive well done to all the Brooke Weston Students for rising to our #challenge581 and to the team at the Tollemache Arms in Harrington for supporting the students through their Hospitality Heroes challenge, you are all #Lakelandslegends!

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