Pupils at Kirkwall Grammar School were treated to a culinary treat today (Wednesday 24 April) with a live cookery demonstration during their lunch break.
In partnership with Archive Coffee, staff from the Hospitality Department at Orkney College UHI set up a stand in the school foyer during lunchtime to showcase the skills needed for a career in the hospitality industry.
Taking part in the demonstration were Ingrid Groat and Daniel Laud, both Lecturers at Orkney College UHI; Gary Sutherland, Head Chef at Archive Coffee, and Rebecca Harrold, the chef responsible for all the creative cakes at Archive Coffee. They were joined by Kit Bichan, Front of House Manager at Archive Coffee.
All four chefs undertook part of their training at Orkney College, while Kit completed a degree in Tourism and Hospitality at Orkney College through the University of the Highlands and Islands.
As well as being able to see some of the techniques it takes to become a chef, pupils (and teachers!) were able to sample some delicious canapés that had been prepared.
Gary and Daniel showcased the savoury side of cooking, including the impressive flambé of steak, while Ingrid and Rebecca focused on patisserie, decorating a cake with ganache and spun sugar work.
Kit and other staff from Orkney College handed out the canapés and spoke to pupils about careers in hospitality and the courses available at Orkney College. Further information about hospitality courses at Orkney College can be found on their website. We also have more information on our 'Careers in...' section. You can read the career profiles of Daniel, Ingrid, Gary and Kit at the links below.
A huge thank you to the school for letting us put on the demonstration and to Gary, Rebecca, Kit, Ingrid and Daniel for giving up their time.