15 November 2013

Students are getting on board with First Great Western for the second year running with another exciting project to create dishes for the Pullman Dining car.

Pullman chef Paul Tregillis, a former Stoke Damerel Community College pupil, delivered his taster session to Mrs Lethbridge and Miss Allwood's Year 9 Hospitality classes on 15 November 2013.

 "Paul was also here to launch this year's new competition - Fine Dining at SDCC - the two classes will compete against each other to produce three-course menus, including a vegetarian option," explained Mrs Lethbridge.

A similar competition was run last year with the judging panel including renowned seafood chef Mitch Tonks.

The menus must be suitable for service on the Pullman Dining cars and use locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.

"Their creations will be served to a lucky panel of judges in March 2014, whose task will be to decide on the winning menu," added Mrs Lethbridge.

There will also be an advertising poster competition for the Pullman Dining cars, with the winning entry being displayed in train stations from Penzance to Paddington.

During his visit Paul also explained his role as a Pullman chef and demonstrated the preparation and presentation of some of the signature dishes from the current Pullman menu.

"The students really enjoyed tasting these special dishes, trying new foods they wouldn't have considered trying before," said Mrs Lethbridge.

"Paul will return to the college in December to deliver a food hygiene session and will also be coming in periodically to support our students while they develop their menus."

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