Head Chef’s return to the classroom to create menu for Mums!

Leading Pub retailer and brewer Greene King took their staff back to college last month!

With over 3,000 pubs, restaurants and hotels across the country, the company chose to use the facilities at Stoke on Trent College to introduce their new “Mum comes first” range to their staff.

General Managers and Head Chef’s from 19 of the region’s “hungry Horse” pubs have spent 3 days at the college, creating new dishes for their range which will be launched early next month.

Included on the menu will be Flatbread, open burritos, new “wet” burgers, taco’s and BBQ Jerk Chicken.  The new range of fresh and healthy meals are aimed at putting Mum first and even though it’s a winter menu, there is also a healthy sweet potato and Kale salad.

Regional Chef, Ian Crossland, has been putting the 19 head chefs through their paces.  In a “bake-off” style workshop, they will each create 13 dishes, focusing on brand consistency, presentation and best practice.

“In their kitchen’s the team normally have around 3 minutes to plate a dish and this enables us to ensure that there is consistency from all the “hungry horse” pubs in our region, prior to plating up in front for our customers!” said Ian.

As well as consistency, the chef’s and general managers will be able to discuss the new flavour profiles within the range, as well as ironing out any issues with preparation of the dishes prior to launch.  Time management is an important part of their day and knowing when and what to prep is important to ensure good customer service and brand awareness.

Ian continued, “The facilities the college provides are excellent for our needs.  Not only is there easy access, but storage and preparation facilities mean that we don’t have to deliver this sort of training in each individual pub.  All of the chefs have their own “pod-style” area where they can prepare the food and present it at the end for discussion”.

Catering students had the opportunity to quiz the chef’s and also show their abilities during the week, with some students being offered the opportunity of interviews for part time work!

Jane Lovatt, Stoke on Trent College Restaurant and Operations Manager for Hospitality and Catering said: “We are proud that Greene King have chosen to use our facilities to showcase their new range of meals.  It is a wonderful learning experience for our students to witness industry chefs at work in an industrial kitchen!  Not only does it forge the necessary links that the college aspires to but it also gives our 2nd year students an insight into the real world!”

During the day at the college, the specifications of each meal are discussed prior to preparation and cooking.  Presentation is important to ensure customers receive consistency in every pub within the region, from Birmingham to Chester.

The new “Mum comes first” range is due to be launched in Hungry Horse pubs, including the Cherry Tree, Chatterley Whitfield, Master Potter and Hem Heath from October 5th!

Anyone wishing to find out more should contact Stoke on Trent College on 01782 208208 or by visiting the website at www.stokecoll.ac.uk

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