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Coombe Dean School

Coombe Dean School

Hospitality and Catering

At Coombe Dean, we are committed to delivering high quality and engaging food lessons that inspire achievement of our students. Food education is a life skill which can be vital to the success of your future. Well planned and delivered food education has such an impact, students develop an understanding of nutrition and health, factors affecting food choice, special diets, food provenance and food from around the world. They also of course learn how to practice personal and kitchen hygiene, food safety and handling of high-risk foods. Which directly links to. ‘Know how food can cause ill health’. Students also learn how to apply a methodical approach to any task, develop practical skills and how to cook, knife skills, how to use an oven, how to use and control a hob, time management and cooking methods.   

During food lessons students will also take part in a variety of experiences which include, chef visits and demonstrations and MasterChef style competitions with the Royal Navy Catering Service, etiquette lunches and trips to local farms to pick and harvest fruit.    

All of this,  apart from being a life skill, enables students to look to future adult professional roles either in the hospitality and catering industry, or careers with the NHS and other industry. It will also help them to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally.  Within our food lessons, the students are taught through theory, demonstrations and the most important – the doing. We support our students at every stage and ensure they not only complete dishes to a satisfactory standard,  but that they fully understand the science behind their success and how to work safely in the kitchen.