CHRISTMAS FAMILY TRADITIONS

Importance of Christmas Family Traditions.

Spending Christmas is a tradition in the family nowadays. The gifts is just a bonus. Eating together from breakfast to dinner! Isnt it funny how holidays are surrounded by food?! Who doesn’t love that?

“A strong emotional bond is shared by the family that spend time together”

Every family creates and have their own Christmas holiday tradition. Can you tell what’s yours? If you don’t better start now! Everyone is looking forward to doing few things that make the day special that brings excitement and joy for everyone!

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Lakefield wins Two Golds and a Silver for Professional Cookery Students

 

Lakefield wins Two Golds and a Silver for Professional Cookery Students

Lakefield wins Two Golds and a Silver for Professional Cookery Students.

On 17th of May 2017, students from Lakefield Hospitality College had their first taste of the competition experience at The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire, one of the UK’s largest live culinary competitions held at Central Bedfordshire College in association with the Craft Guild of Chefs.

Three from back of house students took part in Cupcakes (Tasted), Afternoon Tea Pastries (Tasted) and Bakery Skills. Omero Galluci, development chef and one of our patrons, mentored and helped our students all the way through the planning, processing and executing of each class.

Erica Lana won Gold for her Bakery Skills (Display): Erica has to display 2 loaves and 12 assorted rolls. Erica said ” I felt happy and proud to win something and I thank Omero for helping me achieve it”.

 

Naine Shirley won Gold for her Cupcakes (Tasted): Naine has to present 12 cupcakes in 3 different flavours. Naine said “I have learnt how I should improve in my work by taking the judge’s feedback positively and this event helped me to learn by taking people’s ideas and to experiment more in the future. I also learnt that I should practice a lot to get the best outcome and don’t leave things to the last minute”.

 

Bassi won Silver for her Afternoon Tea Pastries (Tasted. Basi produced an assortment of afternoon tea pastries 16 pieces, 3 different varities. Bassi said “The competition was one of my biggest achievements of the year, not only did I get a silver medal, but I developed as a person. I feel so proud of myself and grateful for all the support given by the kitchen team at Lakefield”.

Click here (The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire)  if you want to know more about the competition.

Lakefield Hospitality Students, A Helping Hand

Despite London being one of the richest cities on Earth, there is a huge issue with homelessness. Our students decided to share their time and cooking skills to help those sleeping rough and dedicate their free Friday to helping in a soup kitchen.

 

The soup kitchen provides free hot meals, clothes and toiletries for people who most of them live in the streets. Some have a history of mental illness; some are victims of domestic violence; but despite the emotional nature of the day, everybody agreed afterwards that the atmosphere was intensely fun and incredible positive.

At the end of the day all of them came back thinking it was one of the best decisions they ever made, and ready to do it again very soon.

 

One of the differential values that our students get in Lakefield Hospitality College is this personal development – not just on the professional side, but also socially and humanly. That is due to the enormous effort Lakefield invests into making each of them a wonderful professional but at the same time, because we really believe in the amazing capacity of human beings to surpass themselves and improve without stopping, helping each student to become an even better person in all aspects.

If you want to apply don’t hesitate to contact us https://www.lakefield.org.uk

Lakefield Students win Silver Medals at Hotelympia 2016

Lakefield Students win two Silver Medals and one Bronze Medal at Hotelympia 2016

 

Three students from Lakefield took part in Hotelympia’s 20-minute Table Lay-up Competition at Excel London, one of the UK’s largest foodservice and most important hospitality events that happens every two years. We are very pleased to say, all of them received medals and which were presented by Steve Munkley, Executive Head Chef, of The Royal Garden Hotel.

This prestigious competition is sponsored by the World Skills UK Competitions. It is a 20-minute live competition, where the competitors have to lay the table for 4 covers from a menu presented to the them 5 minutes before start. They needed to use their creativity and skills to produce four different Napkin folds. Recommendations of wine were required with correct glass wear presented on the table. All work is performed against the clock under the judges’ critical observation and questioning.

 

Level 3 Hospitality Supervision and Leadership Student

Karleene Pailan, Silver Medallist

“It was my first time joining this kind of competition. I enjoyed it a lot and discovered new ideas. This competition allowed me to see opportunities that could help me in the future and to see different aspect professionally and as an individual. It raised my passion for the industry. It is fascinating to meet professionals and this experience made me want to take part in more competitions to increase my knowledge and skills. Our mentor prepared us for the competition, by having regular practice and we received feedback which helped us improve. I was surprised to win the competition because all the competitors worked to a very high standard, they were really good and very competitive”.

 

Level 2 Hospitality Services Student

Sian Stevens, Silver Medallist

“It was a great experience joining the competition, I was interested to see how others decorated and set their tables. We had weekly practices, I chose my theme, napkin folds and equipment for the competition which helped me to feel prepared. I’ve learnt about time management and new skills and it helped boost my confidence. I was very happy to win a silver medal; I did not expect it.”

 

Level 2 Event Planning Student

Wilhelmina Ebbesen, Bronze Medallist

“I really enjoyed it and I did not expect to win the competition, it felt so unreal! I thought about my table decorations a lot and I researched online to find ideas, I went with a simple theme since I wanted the food to be the focus points but wanted it not to be too simple so I add quirkiness on the plates that I used. I learned that you can always find room for improvement and you don’t really fail, you just need to learn and find a way to always improve yourself”.

Hotelympia delivers innovation and networking opportunities for exhibitors and visitors that can’t be found anywhere else on this scale. This is the place to improve businesses performance and customer offering –  for hotel, restaurant, pub, café or catering company –  through guaranteed access to the latest products across food and drink, catering equipment, interiors, technology, careers, and waste management solutions.