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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!

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Cakes ready for Valentine’s Day

cake valentine 2015

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

 

 

 

Dave Read, Level 2 Bakery and Patisserie course manager with students

New bakery and patisserie course manager joins the food department

Dave Read, Level 2 Bakery and Patisserie course manager with students

Dave Read, Level 2 Diploma in Bakery and Patisserie course manager with his students

Dave Read – Level 2 Diploma Bakery and Patisserie lecturer and course manager

Originally from Basingstoke, Hampshire, Dave began his career in the food food industry 38 years ago after completing two years at college. He then moved to London and worked in a variety of hotels, restaurants and corporate hospitality establishments.

After 4 years in London, Dave’s next move was back to Basingstoke to run a restaurant. Alongside the restaurant business he also lectured part-time in catering and hotel management at Basingstoke College.

Keen to continue to broaden his industry experience, when Dave spotted an job advert in The Caterer for a  New Product Development chef position at Ginsters in Cornwall, he was determined to take on the challenge. The interview progress was a challenging three stages and Dave excelled at all three, successfully securing the position. As a New Product Development chef, Dave spent 5 years developing new savoury pastry products for Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. This role proved varied and had lots of travel opportunities including delivering product and sales presentations to the respective supermarkets.

Remaining with Ginsters for a further few years, Dave moved into the main manufacturing site helping to develop and implement product quality systems for the manufacturing process.

Dave proceeded to set up Samworth Academy Centre in Cornwall. The centre delivers staff development programmes, including craft skills. After 11 years with Samworth, Dave was approached by Proper Cornish Ltd with a request to set up their New Product Development and training department. Proper Cornish, as the name suggests are a traditional hand made pasty producer – they hand crimp over 50,000 pasties per day! Dave mentioned, “during this time I don’t think there are many flavours or ingredients I did not put into a pasty!”

Dave continued to build on his New Product Development experience at Crantock Bakery and finally at Tamar Foods before taking up his new position at Reaseheath College.

With extensive industry experience, Dave is thrilled at the opportunity to work at Reaseheath commenting, “I hope my experience in the food industry can help inspire students to reach their potential as the next generation of bakers and patisserie experts”.

Thanks to Dave Read, our new Level 2 Bakery and Patisserie course manager for sharing his career story so far!

 

new food students September 2014

Reaseheath welcomes new food students!

new food students September 2014

 

The food department was delighted to welcome our new and continuing students for another year of learning this September!

The new students took part in a variety of fun induction events organised by their course managers and have already settled into college life.

Further Education courses running this year include Level 2 and Level 3 Bakery and Patisserie, Level 2 Butchery and Level 3 Food Technology and Management.

Our Higher Education students are studying FdSc/ BSc Food Manufacturing with Business Management and FdSc Dairy Technology. We are proud to be educating the butchers, bakers and cake decorators as well as food and dairy technologists of the future!

The following poem was written by Sam Copeland, Course Manager Level 2 Bakery and Patisserie during a busy week of induction for our FE students…where did she find the time!!

An ode to Reaseheath food students by Sam Copeland

 From the giggles in the changing rooms

That’s the girls as well as boys

To the delight of opening up a box

And seeing brand new bakery toys!

From the whispers from the nervous ones

To the guffaws from the not so shy!

To the hellos and embraces in the mornings

To getting on the bus to say goodbye

From the macaroon’s and fruit cake

To the vanilla flavoured drink

From the sunshine getting up so early

To cold mornings oh so brisk!

From stocking up the farm shop

And enjoying tasting cakes

To baking whisking making

And eating lunch down by the lake

To the tutors, technicians and support staff

To the students oh so new

‘clean as you go’ Kat tells us

Then problems will be few

To the dairy or the butchery

To the bakery or P2

Wherever you are heading now

We are all here to help you

Enjoy your days at Reaseheath

Go to lessons don’t be late

The time will pass so quick you see

Before you know- you’ll graduate!!