Food for thought
The Food department at North is always buzzing with activity and delicious aromas of freshly baked bread to mouth-watering curries often envelop the corridors.
Our aim is to share our passion for food with our students so they become the next generation of foodies equipped with a knowledge of healthy eating, the ability to cook confidently and an appreciation of where food comes from. We achieve this through an exciting and varied curriculum ranging from preparing tasty dishes often for different settings ranging from local bakeries to the Glastonbury Music Festival, tasting and analysing foods and finding out about what the ingredient’s scientific role is in each recipe.
Students love this subject as it gives them the chance to be creative, be proud to share with their families the food they have prepared and equips them with valuable life skills for their futures.
We are extremely lucky at North to have two bright practical rooms which are well equipped and are stimulating environments to learn in. We have two specialist food teachers who have many years of experience working within the food industry as head chefs in highly regarded restaurants to running their own catering and bespoke cake businesses. We enjoy sharing our stories with the students and it brings the world of work into the classroom.
We believe it is important to keep students up to date with current food news so we have a monthly news board to reflect food issues hitting the headlines, local food events and the promotion of our fantastic extracurricular clubs. Our clubs are always well attended and include masterclasses in Christmas edible gifts, Easter and Summer cookery and the occasional ‘pop up’ club such as our Halloween pumpkin bread session.
Students also have the opportunity to visit The Good Food Show in Birmingham where they can absorb themselves in a world of food and see celebrity chefs in action. Participating in national food events such as The Tunnock’s Teacake Challenge Competition and the opportunity to cook fresh mussels from Fowey through The Fish Heroes Campaign are the ‘cherry on the cake’ experiences we want to offer our students to enhance their education and to give special moments to remember.