Blessed William Howard

The Painsley Catholic Academy was established in 2012. We are the largest Catholic multi-academy company in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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Master Chef Master Class!

Last week, around forty Y10 Food and Nutrition students attended a half day cooking workshop at Aston Marina near Stone. 

The students spent time learning how to create nutritious seasonal menus, and how to cook and present dishes to restaurant quality standards.  The two student chef teams included five students - two with responsibility for a starter dish and three in charge of the main course.  Both teams had to prepare a mushroom souffle with a mushroom velouté and gruyere crisp for their starters. The main dish was a honey and soy glazed pork tenderloin with creamed potato, confit carrot and apple sauce.

Each team presented their finished dishes alongside the ‘professional’ version, prepared by the trained chefs at Aston Marina for comparison.  The food was judged on presentation by the pupils who were not cooking and all got to sample the food at the end.

“This is the first time we have run something like this and the students found it really enjoyable and educational.  All pupils did a fantastic job working in a high-pressure kitchen environment and the final dishes looked incredible.  Well done!  I’d also like to give a big thank-you to Aston Marina for hosting the event and putting on such a special experience for our very appreciative pupils. The whole experience was so inspirational.”  said Mrs  Main, who teaches Food and Nutrition at Blessed William Howard.

Mr Carl Lavery, Head of Operations & Development at Aston Marina commented, "Having the students with us was a fantastic learning experience, not only for them but for us as a business. The teamwork, enthusiasm and standards demonstrated were exceptional and they should all be incredibly proud of themselves. It was such a rare but enjoyable experience for us to be able to teach professional skills to students of this age and we hope they got as much out of it as us.  We cannot wait to work with BWH again on future projects. A huge thank you to the teaching staff, especially Emma who made this happen."