On Friday the 12th of May, Café 102, Invergordon Academy’s employability café, hosted a two course lunch. Staff, parents and local employers were invited to attend a sit down lunch that was produced in the Home Economics kitchen by a team of pupils who were led by the Executive Head Chef, Craig Rowland, and Breakfast Chef, Steven, from Skibo Castle which is home to one of the world’s most prestigious private clubs. The chefs supplied all of the ingredients and planned a menu which the pupils prepared and cooked. Our local business partner, Skretting, also donated salmon from Wester Ross Fisheries.
Meanwhile, a second team of pupils prepared the café for service under the supervision of two Front of House Staff from The Palace Hotel in Inverness. The restaurant team learnt how to make coffees on our barista machine, how to set tables, fold napkins and serve a table.
The pupils involved were from Invergordon Academy, Tain Royal Academy as well as Alness Academy, all of whom enjoyed the experience and worked very professionally. Graeme Strachan from Spingboard Future Chef helped to organise the event. Future Chef help to organise chef demonstrations, careers presentations and taster sessions for pupils interested in Hospitality as a career. They also run an annual competition for any budding young chefs (aged 12-16).
A big thank you to all those involved.