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A Royal Experience for RuTC Catering Students

Monday 17 July 2017

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) students studying an NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery recently took part in work experience placements at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

The opportunity for the students came after Robin Ghurbhurun, CEO & Principal of RuTC met with the Head Chef of the Royal Household, Mark Flanagan. Robin commented “it’s a privilege to have students from RuTC working at the Royal Household and gaining skills that will benefit them in their studying and future careers.”

Carl Woodcock, Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery student spent four days at Buckingham Palace and said that the chefs he worked alongside “were really willing to teach you and there was a lot of room for creativity.”

He commented that the experience has made him “thankful for all of the training he gets at Richmond upon Thames College.”

Mathieu Haskins, Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery student spent two weeks at Windsor Castle in May and said the biggest challenge he faced was “adapting quickly to the new environment.”

Speaking of the team who work there, he commented “they gave me a chance to improve my skills and to challenge myself.”

James Unwin, Curriculum Manager for Catering & Hospitality says “this is an excellent opportunity for the students to get a taste of what it’s like to work in this part of the hospitality industry.”

The two students will return to work at Buckingham Palace over the summer to continue learning from the chefs of the Royal Household.

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