A leading figure in the food industry gave a special masterclass to budding chefs at Rydal Penrhos.
Alison Cavaliero from Leith’s School of Food and Wine visited the school on Tuesday, January 23, where she took part in a special taster session with Year 11 pupils.
Mrs Cavaliero demonstrated an infused caramel sauce with citrus fruit salad and crème anglaise during the session, and the group got the chance to learn a new skill by segmenting oranges as a professional chef would do.
The visit was set-up to give pupils a taste of things to come, with Leith’s ‘Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine’ available to Sixth Formers from September.
The principal techniques taught during the course include; knife skills, meat and vegetable preparation, jointing poultry, filleting fish, roasting, stewing, marinating, steaming, batters, the making of classic stocks and sauces, pasta dishes, the use of gelatine, mousses, tarts, puddings, caramel, various pastries, bread, cake making, decorating and icing.
It will also focus on time management, menu planning, healthy eating, tasting wine with food and a Food Safety certificate.
Head of Food and Nutrition Laura Gardener, said: “The confidence and empowerment gained from the ability to prepare interesting, delicious and healthy meals is an important life skill, and this course provides an appreciation of good food and good cooking, and “old-fashioned skills” that are still indispensable in the modern world.
“This was a fantastic way for our pupils to learn from one of the very best educators in the industry and we would like to thank Alison for giving up her time and visiting us here at Rydal Penrhos.”
A full gallery from the session can be found here