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Fifteen students travelled by minibus from the Level 3 Lansdowne complex at Bournemouth and Poole College on the NVQ3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery went on a visit to Bryanston School with their tutors Stephen West and Mark Alderman on 17th April.

Students met with Dan Stokes Deputy General Manager, in the Catering services team at the school. Dan is an alumnus of Bournemouth and Poole College. He gave a presentation about the Catering department, with 130 staff, both full-time and part-time. 

The talk went over career opportunities, Dan’s career path and the history of Bryanston School; this covered all aspects of the school including fees, school activities, class sizes and student support. Students are currently on a one-year course, but have progressed from Level 2.  Students asked questions relating to Dan’s career progression, cost per person, per day for a meal, other events that Bryanston hosts, including weddings, events at Henley Regatta and the school’s main strengths and ethos.

From the students’ perspective of the trip; they were able to experience the self-service dining room, that the staff and pupils of Bryanston have available to them, offering a choice of hot and cold foods including, burgers, lasagne, salad bar, a choice of vegetables and cold meats, amongst an array of other foods.

Catherine Harris, a student attending the trip said: “I can say that myself and my friends enjoyed the trip; something completely different to what we'd seen before. The sports department was very impressive, their canteen was also nice, and I enjoyed the vegetarian options they had.”

Stephen West, Lecturer in Food Preparation and Cookery said: “This was an interesting trip for both the students and tutors, as not every student is suited to the hotel/restaurant side of hospitality and this shows one of the other possible options out there.”

As part of the extracurricular trips for cookery students, the team will be hosting a visit from the Navy in the near future, also. 

Professional Cookery students visit Bryanston School

Bournemouth and Poole College Professional Cookery students visit Bryanston School.