TWI chef Nigel Tumber went back to school last month to showcase his cookery techniques to groups of eager students at Bushmead Primary School, St Neots, Cambridgeshire as part of a careers workshop.
The morning aimed at children in Year Six (age nine to ten) was a huge success. Children experienced fifteen minutes of presentations from a variety of professionals including nurses, the police force, young farmers, electrical engineers, and beauticians.
Nigel captivated his young audience with demonstrations on sugar craft, glazing, caramelizing and plating desserts while talking about a career in the catering trade and about TWI as a company.
Tasting sessions were also on the menu with nine year old Martha enthusiastically rating Nigel's créme brulee as 'the best in the world!'
The children were extremely engaged throughout and curious to know the skills and attributes required of a chef. Inspired after the presentations, the children recalled facts and information learnt during Nigel's session.
Students Gracie and Maisy, both nine, were keen to know if Nigel would be back with more fun, hands-on demonstrations and tasting sessions.
Maisy asked, 'Please can you come again, everyone loved it' while Gracie stated, 'I hope you come in again because I really want to try some more of your food.'
After the presentations the children were asked to write about their favourite profession with chef being a popular choice.
Miss Tumber of Bushmead Primary School said, 'It was such an amazing experience watching the level of skill required to be a chef. The children were so engaged in listening, asking question, tasting and participating, they were devastated when they had to move on.
'Nigel was fantastic with the children, and even came into the end of our following session to answer further questions the children were burning to ask regarding training and experience. Nigel not only represented the catering industry for TWI but also TWI as a whole on behalf of the welding industry.
'Thank you cannot cover how grateful we are for TWI's participation in our careers morning as the children have benefitted enormously. We hope we will be able to work with you again in the near future.'
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