The F&N department encourages students to make links with the world beyond the kitchen. We want students to see the opportunities to understand our own culture, the culture of others and the environmental impact our food choices have on our world.
The F&N Department run open workshop sessions on Tuesday’s at Kings Campus and Wednesday’s at Castle Campus. These sessions are predominantly for KS3 and GCSE students who want to extend their practical skills in areas they want to explore. The practicals are student driven and can be as basic or difficult as the student wants to be challenged.
We enjoy organising trips and have run trips to Italy and Borough Market in the past. The students discover the traditional ways of making gelato, gnocchi, honey and mozzarella. We are trying to gain enthusiasm for a Y8 trip to visit the regional food towns of England – Melton Mowbray, Bakewell and the environs.
The Year 10s have participated in a national competition for food presentation the last two years – the focus is taking the humble Tunnock’s Tea Cake and make it a fabulous dish. In the first year we had a student place 3rd in the GCSE category, but unfortunately the competition did not finish in 2020 – but the students still presented some great plates!
We try get interesting speakers and have had Natalie Thompson, a food stylist who works for GBBO and various food companies like Hellmann’s and Stork. She encouraged the students to think of food and the way to balance the elements and create a stunning plate. This boosts their understanding and helps in the NEA tasks at GCSE and A-Level.