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College students get a taste of the Royal Navy

Royal Navy representatives Craig (left) and Matt (right) talking to Catering and Hospitality students.

Barnsley College Catering and Hospitality students gained valuable experience by taking part in a cooking challenge designed to give a taste of the careers available within the Royal Navy.

Royal Navy chefs Craig Emanuel and Matt Forfar outlined what service life entails and gave an insight into the educational, sporting and social opportunities that a career in the Royal Navy provides.

The students then took part in a cooking challenge where they had to create two dishes, chicken and chorizo paella and a chocolate brownie, within an hour. The Royal Navy provided all the ingredients and Craig and Matt encouraged students to be creative and to think outside the box when preparing their dishes.

Craig said: “I think it’s really important that students get a clear understanding of the careers available within the Royal Navy. The cooking challenge is a good way for the students to demonstrate their team work, communication and catering skills in a pressured environment.”

Martyn Hollingsworth, Catering and Hospitality Curriculum Leader at Barnsley College, added: “I really appreciate the representatives from the Royal Navy taking the time to come and speak with our students. We aim to continue to build strong links with students and business helping to provide career-ready students to employers.”

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