Students at Cornwall College Camborne held a Gastronomy Fair for staff and fellow students on campus last week, to celebrate all things food and drink related.
As part of their studies on the Professional Cookery Diploma VRQ 3 course, the students had to choose a specific subject to research and present at the fair. With subjects ranging from "Vietnamese Cuisine" and "Asian Spices" to "Misshapen Vegetables" and "The Cornish Drinks Industry", plus topical issues such as "Save Britain's Fish", "Use More Milk" and "The Fast Food Revolution", there were plenty of interesting displays and delicious dishes for visitors to sample.
Alex Michell, 17 from Chacewater near Truro, chose "Italy Meets Cornwall" as a subject, focussing on the use of Cornish produce to recreate classic Italian dishes. Alex said: "I really like Italian food and wanted to encourage people to buy Cornish produce instead and help support local producers. It was a great project to work on and I loved it!"
Stephanie Lait, 19 from Penryn, researched "Artisan Breads" and presented tasty samples from local producers such as Baker Tom, with a selection of locally produced oils and chutneys to dip them in. Stephanie said: "I wanted to get people interested in local producers because my research showed there are more health benefits in eating artisan breads compared to shop bought , and there are loads of interesting recipes to try."
Nathaniel James, 18 from Pool, focussed on "Asian Spices", producing a spicy sauce for people to sample. Nathaniel said: "It's really nice to know the history and origin of these dishes as many people don't know about it, so it was great to educate people. I've really enjoyed the project and I love the course. I'm learning so much that's beneficial and I'm glad I decided to do it."
Don McKenzie, Head of Cornwall College Camborne, attended the fair and said: "The students have put a tremendous amount of work into these presentations and produced some great displays. I'm pleased the fair has been such a success and I feel the event has really served well in marrying high quality Cornish produce with the highest full-time chef's qualification for 16 to 18 year olds available in the county."
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