School catering staff in Warwickshire have been recognised for their top notch cookery skills following the completion of an innovative new training course run by Educaterers.
The Warwickshire-based school caterers recently launched their Culinary Skills training programme at their new Centre of Excellence at Boughton Leigh Junior School in Rugby.
Eleven new and existing Educaterers employees from across Warwickshire passed the first course to be run at the centre with flying colours and were each presented with a certificate, a ‘Star Baker’ apron and a bottle of Prosecco at their ‘graduation’, which was followed by a celebratory afternoon tea.
They were trained by skilled chef Julie Murray, an Assistant Development Manager at Educaterers.
Food craft modules on the programme included artisan bread baking, food preparation and cooking for a healthy diet, knife skills with fruit and vegetable preparation, creative cakes, cookie dough and traybakes, and perfect pastry.
The training programme has been designed to upskill and refresh employees’ knowledge and to give staff the skills they need to take their new ideas and talents back to their school kitchens and dining rooms.
The training is open to all Educaterers employees, and staff can choose to do anything from just one to all six of the sessions.
The company believes strongly in developing its catering teams’ expertise.
Terry Tredget, Director of Educaterers, said: “Our staff are our greatest asset and I’m delighted that we’ve seen our first group of employees complete the Culinary Skills programme.
“Further improving the skills of our already very talented employees means that we, as a catering business, can continuously develop what we offer to schools. I would like to congratulate all our amazing caterers that completed the training.”
As well as offering the Culinary Skills programme, the new Centre of Excellence at Boughton Leigh Junior School has been created to showcase the best of what Educaterers does and to test new ideas in both catering service and menu development.
Educaterers provide over 120,000 school meals every week to over 200 schools across Warwickshire, Birmingham and Oxfordshire. For more information visit www.educaterers.co.uk.