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Year 11 hospitality and catering students set sail on a task with a nautical twist on Thursday, December 5, as the Royal Navy paid a visit to Harrogate High.

Allowed to choose from a diverse range of ingredients, pupils were set a ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ challenge in the lesson. Given their orders by the Navy, their task was clear: Produce two dishes in one hour and 30 minutes, putting them on the clock to deliver.

Caviar, duck and pheasant were among the foods available to use, while a strong emphasis was also placed on presentation skills.

Members of the Royal Navy - who have cooked for royalty and will be taking part in the culinary Olympics next year - provided a feedback to all entries, including a deconstruction of each dish that gave those involved plenty of food for thought.

Mrs Lancaster said: “The students produced dishes of a highly impressive standard under pressure, learning some valuable skills that will help them for their practical exam. 

“I would like to thank LCH Mattie Tew, LCH Sean Raine and LSTO Lawrence Mponda for giving the class a unique experience and, hopefully, they will be back again in the future to do it all over again.”

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