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Catering students gain valuable work experience by feeding the force

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POLICE did not go hungry on Wednesday thanks to the hard work of College of FE catering students and their chef lecturer, who wanted to give back to the island’s law enforcement.

The hospitality and catering students cooked all three meals for officers yesterday.

The event - a first in the island - was an effort to show law enforcement staff that it is possible to cook healthy meals despite a busy schedule.

There are two second year students taking the course this year, Ben Lee and Logan Le Messurier, who fall under the watchful eye of lecturer and head chef Julie Hyde.

‘It is so important to get our students out into a normal working environment,’ said Mrs Hyde.

‘In this pressurised, busy situation they will learn communication which is vitally important in a kitchen and in any busy work area.

'Logan and Ben are both second year students and they both work part-time at the OGH.

'Logan also works at Les Rocquettes too.

‘Because there are just two in their year it can be difficult to recreate that real working environment.’

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Mr Lee relished the challenge providing a full day’s service.

'We are cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner. We actually got here at 6.30am.

'So it is a long shift but I am definitely looking forward to it. I eventually want to become a chef.’

The service to more than 100 Law Enforcement officers forms part of the practical element of the students’ course.

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They used ingredients provided by Waitrose.

Paula Protheroe, Waitrose branch manager, said: ‘The Bailiwick Law Enforcement work round the clock to keep everyone in the island safe and we wanted to make a small gesture to show our gratitude.

'We were asked to help provide some inspiration to encourage the team to make healthy, convenient dishes to work around their shifts.

‘The cookery students from CoFE have done an incredible job in creating quick, delicious meals out of the ingredients we provided, which the team can enjoy whether eating at work or home.’

Yves Le

By Yves Le
News reporter

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