Students at The Friary School were given the unique opportunity to experience a real life working atmosphere last Thursday, 29th September, as they donned their hats and aprons and spent the day at The George Hotel in support of British Food Fortnight.

Working with professional chefs, they learnt many new skills throughout the day, and worked together in the evening to deliver a wonderful set menu to over 70 friends, family members and teachers in the hotel’s banqueting suite.   The annual national celebration “aims to raise awareness of the diversity of delicious home-grown, locally sourced British food and drink”.

The Year 10 pupils spent the day with chefs at the Bird Street hotel preparing a British themed three course meal, which included thyme and garlic rubbed pork loin steak for the main course, and chocolate brownie and summer berry compote for dessert.

General manager Mark Santy said: “Each year our chefs really enjoy helping the pupils from The Friary learn some basic cookery skills and raise their awareness of the fantastic produce that is right on our doorstep. The students also find out what goes in to producing a memorable dining experience.”

Written by Charly Greathead and Jennifer Rose, Year 13