Students rise to the bakery challenge

Students at Stoke on Trent College are going into the bakery business.

A professional standard bakery has been created for the college’s Hospitality and Catering section at the Cauldon Campus, Shelton.

Students on the college’s Diploma in Professional Catering course will bake bread, cakes and patisserie which will be on sale in the college restaurant and coffee shop.

The trainee chefs and bakers will be given expert mentoring from Gareth Thomas of the London Road Bakehouse, Stoke.

It comes at a time when the popularity of craft baking is high thanks to TV programmes such as the Great British Bake Off.

The college bakery will be launched at an opening event on Tuesday, 25 September. Gareth will join students and the College’s Head of Hospitality Rob Hinsley to celebrate the bakery’s opening.

Rob, an Assistant Director at Stoke on Trent College, said: “Work has gone on over the summer to transform a large area within the college’s kitchens into a professional standard bakery.

“This will be a real boost for students on our Professional Cookery course as they will be producing bread and cakes for sale in the college’s oublic restaurant and coffee areas.

“It is great that we have been able to forge a partnership with Gareth at the London Road Bakehouse. Students will visit Gareth’s bakery and he will come into college to share his expertise with our students.

The professional catering diploma, often known as the Chefs’ Course, attracts around 100 new starters each year.

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