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Bakery students support Purple Day

Bakery students used their culinary skills to raise funds for a good cause.

Level 3 Professional Bakery students baked cakes and sweet treats raising a total of £221.96 for Epilepsy Action – all to support ‘Purple Day’, an epilepsy awareness campaign.  purple day students edited

We all came together baking to support the charity, raising money in memory of our much loved friend who sadly passed away last year.

Alongside the bake sale we raffled off an extra special purple cake, which was won by Linda Buchanan from the LSC!

Raffle prize

Raffle prize

We’d really like to thank everyone we bough a cake or donated, this is a charity really close to our hearts and raising this amount of money is something we are really proud of.

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purple day baking table

Level 3 Professional Bakery students

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Cake puts the icing on cub scouts centenary celebrations

Cub and beaver scouts from the Ist South West Cheshire District celebrated the group’s 100th birthday with a special cake made by our very own  bakery students.

The celebration was doubly special because this year is both the centenary of the Crewe based group, which is one of the oldest in the country, and of the cub scout movement nationwide.

1st South West Cheshire District beaver Henry Duncan (6), and cub scouts George Duncan (9), Brodie Evans (7), Aaliyah Wilson (8) and Hannah Evans (9) receive the cake from Reaseheath head of Food Nick Blakemore, Sam Copeland and students Katie Brittleton, Susan Thomas and Hayley Clibborn

1st South West Cheshire District beaver Henry Duncan (6), and cub scouts George Duncan (9), Brodie Evans (7), Aaliyah Wilson (8) and Hannah Evans (9) receive the cake from Reaseheath head of Food Nick Blakemore, Sam Copeland and students Katie Brittleton, Susan Thomas and Hayley Clibborn

Members and their families were joined by key officials of the movement at a party last weekend at a scout camp at Linnet Clough in Marple near Stockport. The four tier cake, decorated with scouting themes including a tent, campfire, neckerchief, map and badges, provided the centrepiece for the party feast.

Twenty Level 3 Diploma in Professional Bakery students developed the design and produced the cake after a request from Reaseheath Food Technologist Jenny Newall, who is an Assistant Cub Scout Leader of the group.

Said Lecturer and Course Manager Sam Copeland: “I’m extremely proud of the way my students worked as a team and rose to the challenge. Developing a four tier cake to professional standards in nine hours is no mean feat.”

The Ist South West Cheshire group meets weekly in the scout hall in Bedford Street, Crewe, and has a membership of 31 cub scouts, 24 beavers and over 40 scouts.

Tim Owen, also an Assistant Cub Scout Leader, added: “The cake was very impressive and provided the final touch to what was a very enjoyable celebration of 100 years of cub scouting in Crewe.”

Reaseheath College Feast café

Bakery students supply new café  

Reaseheath Food Centre and bakery students  are now supplying Feast Café with a range of delicious foodie products.

Based in the brand new National Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technologies (CHEST), students and staff have been visiting Feast Café to sample the various products on sale including fresh bread, cakes, scones, chocolates, cheese and butter.

Reaseheath College Feast Café

Reaseheath College Feast café

Our first customer, Level 1 Sports student, Tyler Marshall, purchased a very tasty bag of cookies and was very impressed!

Tyler Marshall purchases the first Reaseheath Food Centre product from Feast Café

Tyler Marshall purchases the first Reaseheath Food Centre product from Feast Café


It’s been a successful first week for the Food Centre, so plans are to continue to supply to Feast Café on a regular basis.

Look out for emails and follow Reaseheath catering team on Twitter (@RHC_Kitchen) to keep updated on when products are on sale!

Students of the month joined by food department's Nick Blakemore

Cream of the crop – students of the month

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Alice Shardelow – Level 2 Bakery (Group A)

“A student who always gives 100%, works in a quiet methodical manner producing very high standards in all that she does.”

Lauren Hancock – Level 2 Bakery  (Group B)

“This student of the month is a someone who is always willing to help others, is on time for all lessons, works to a high standard in bakery practicals, cake decorating lessons as well as handing work in on time in theory. Lauren is friendly and supportive to other students, completes all tasks set and is a role model for her peers.”

Kieran Mclean – Level 3 Bakery

“Kieran always pushes the boundaries with his patisserie skills and is always looking to complete his projects to the highest of standards. From the beginning of the programme he has always been eager to set a high example and he has carried this throughout the duration of the programme by bringing new recipes and ideas in to his work.  Above all he is a credit to the programme and inspires others to raise their standards.”


Olivia Oulton – Level 2 Butchery

“Olivia has an excellent attitude, work ethic along with high attendance and punctuality. She has completed all assignments on time and is very willing to help her fellow students. Olivia’s butchery skills are of an excellent standard and will be an asset to any future employer.”

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Level 3 Food Technology (Year 1)

“David has improved his performance in class and applying his knowledge.”

Josh Williams – Level 3 Food Technology  (Year 2)

“Josh has shown exemplary standards of behaviour especially on study tour where his maturity and professionalism showed through. Well done Josh!”

Students of the month joined by food department's Nick Blakemore

Students of the month joined by food department’s Nick Blakemore

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Cakes ready for Valentine’s Day

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Level 2 bakery and patisserie students have been busy creating their Valentine’s day themed cakes ready for the special day.

 Take a look at their beautiful creations below!

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Level 2 bakery and patisserie students with their Valentine’s Day creations




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A delicious week of trips for budding bakers

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Our level 2 bakery and patisserie students have enjoyed a fabulous week of visits across the country, learning all things from chocolate making to cake decoration.

The week began with a trip to Cake International at Event City in Manchester, followed by a delicious tour of Cadbury World, moving on to Ludlow Food Centre and Bunbury Mill. We even had a sneaky trip to Snugburys for an ice-cream…as it was en route (well it would be rude not to!).  Finally, a demonstration from the professional Sugarcraft decorator, Lindy Smith rounded off this brilliant week perfectly.

Students have seen chocolate tempering demonstrations, had a go at new sugar craft techniques, watched  royal icing experts showcase their skills, discovered the traditional methods of milling flour, eaten lots of chocolate and argued over the best flavour at Snugburys!

A fabulous week of interesting activities and learning was had by all.

Sam Copeland




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Future butchers gain industry insight

butchery students Weddel Swift 1 MB

A fantastic study trip for our professional butchery students, visiting the meat wholesale company Weddel Swift.

Based in Chester, the company pulled out all the stops for the visit, with two of their managers and one of the directors taking the time to share their industry knowledge and experience with our future butchers.

Students were taken round the depot in groups to help illustrate to them the different aspects of meat distribution processes. The students and Weddel staff got a real buzz from the visit and a free lunch thrown in – what a brilliant day!

For more information on our Level 2 Professional Butchery course visit the college website.

Douglas Ewen

Butcher Lecturer


Foundation student get a taste of butchery

A taste of a butcher’s life

Foundation student get a taste of butchery

Foundation students recently visited the food department for a butchery taster session, accompanied by their Course Manager Julie Gray.

During the session they took part in a knife safety skills workshop, introducing them to the department’s health and safety in the workplace programme, Be Wise. They also made some excellent steak burgers, which are been sold in the College’s farm shop.  All the students were engaged throughout the session and were enthusiastic to learn new skills.

The students are a real credit to their teaching staff and to themselves, and more than welcome back to the butchery department any time.

The butchery department is planning to hold a number of taster sessions for current students, which will take place on a Monday afternoon. If you are interesting in taking part in one of the sessions, please contact our butchery lecturer Douglas Ewen.


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Top students recognised – students of the month

star students Feb 2015


Level 2 Bakery Group A – Olivia Mannion

My student of the month is a young lady who has handed her theory work in on time and has even finished the following week’s work before being asked! Her cake decorating skills are improving and she tries really hard to get it right first time. Her ideas are original and she is a pleasure to teach. Well Done Olivia!

Level 2 Bakery Group B – Matthew Loton

A very well organised student whose quality of work is always of a very high standard. A student who also brings a lovely sense of humour to the group.

Level 3 Bakery – Rosie Street

Rosie’s work is always to her highest standard and very consistent. She is a pleasure to teach and helps others to complete their tasks and is always one of the last people out of the practical sessions. Rosie has been a section leader and shown great management skills by always getting her team to complete the relevant tasks in time and to a high standard.


Level 2 Butchery – Thomas Jennings

Thomas has excellent punctuality, with attendance 99%. He is always smiling and cheerful in all his classes. His assignments are handed in on time and of excellent standard. His confidence during practical sessions is beginning to shine through and l am sure his fellow students can see this also. He pushes himself forward in classes and gets on with his work quietly working to an excellent standard.

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Level 3 Food Technology – Louise Jackson

Louise has been awarded student of the month this time as she is always enthusiastic, handing work in on time and not afraid to ask for help. She is always conscientious and a pleasure to teach.

star students November 2014

Star students

star students November 2014


Take a look below to see our latest star students – nominated each month by our course managers from the food department. Congratulations to you all!


Level 3 Bakery Student – Elysha Emberson

Elysha is always hard-working and prepared to work that extra bit to complete a task. She always works to her best ability and that is shown in her final product. She is a pleasure to teach and deserved this award for a long time. Above all, Elysha is the perfect role model to her peers.

Andy Dale, Course Manager  


Level 2 Bakery Student Group A  –  Katie Brittleton

I have chosen Katie as the Student of the month due to her positive approach to her work. Katie always approaches her tasks in a mature, well organised and methodical manner. She is prepared to take a lead role in group work, whether practical or theory based and is therefore a good role model within the group.

Dave Read, Course Manager 


Level 2 Bakery Student Group B   –  Mia Ward

I have chosen Mia as student of the month; she  has settled really well into Reaseheath life and is a pleasant and helpful member of my class. She has made our newest student Lisa-Marie very welcome and  has produced some fabulous products  (particularly her witches cauldrons!) Well done Mia!

Sam Copeland, Course Manager 


Level 3 Food Tech & Management Student Year 1  –  Alex Clegg

It has been so difficult to pick an outstanding student from a superb group of outstanding individuals, but Alex Clegg  has demonstrated clear approach to her academic studies, has gone the extra mile in her work and is always willing to support the group and coupled with a 100% attendance. Although Alex receives student of the month, I would like to make mention to how well, each individual is doing in their approach to their studies – please keep it up guys!

Level 3 Food Tech & Management Student Year 2  –  Jen Cavell

Jen has always taken a well-rounded approach to her studies, she is delivering outstanding work in bakery theory and sustainability module, a very well deserved student of the month.

 James Blakemore, Course Manager


Level 2 Butchery Student –  Adam Timmis

I have chosen Adam as student of the month because his time keeping is excellent along with his behaviour in classes.  Adam has also previously been awarded ‘student of the week’.  He is very helpful both to me and his fellow students, along with having excellent work ethic and a willingness to learn new skills and improve prior learning. I can see that his butchery skills and confidence are building every week and would be an asset to any future employer.

 Douglas Ewen, Course Manager