Adam Jones, chef de partie from Kesgrave Hall kitchen, recently took part in an event at Kesgrave High school in order to help raise funds for the schools new commercial kitchen venture.

The kitchen is being built next year in order to accommodate the teaching of the new 14-19 Diploma in Hospitality. This is one of the broader suite of 14–19 Diplomas, which are designed for students of those ages and which are set to become one of the three main education choices post 14 – alongside GCSEs/A-levels and Apprenticeships.

The Diplomas have been developed in response to employer demands for better skilled and more employable recruits and will provide young people with an exciting, stretching and relevant programme of learning. They have been designed by employers for employers to ensure that young people are better prepared for work.

The Diploma in Hospitality will help learners to understand the hospitality sector and support them in developing the skills that will enable them to work in a wide range of careers. Like all other Diplomas, it will appeal to students of all abilities and aspirations who like to learn about subjects in ways that relate to real life.

In a slight change to the TV format pupils from the school where asked to submit their favourite recipes and the two chefs (Adam from milsoms Kesgrave Hall and Adrian Carr group head chef from the Yeo group of restaurants) where then asked to choose the recipe to cook with the help of the student who wrote their chosen recipe.

In the second part of the challenge the chefs where given a set of ingredients chosen by school head teacher Nigel Bourgogne. A cook off then ensued and the audience was then invited to vote for the best dish (which of course Adam won!).

The event was a success and helped to push the fundraising further towards the school’s fund raising target. Well done Adam!

Kesgrave Hall Hotel in Suffolk has 23 fabulous luxury boutique hotel bedrooms, 3 stylish meeting spaces, large grounds for the kids to run around, a buzzing bistro and brasserie style restaurant

Sue Bunting

Tue 9 Jun 2009, Sue Bunting