The team at 2onmain have been busy over the past 8 weeks running a Junior Chefs Academy in conjunction with the Junior Schools on the island. Five students aged 10 and 11 came to the restaurant each week to work with the team here and learn more about what its like to work in hospitality.
We created a simple menu for the kids to learn to cook and serve. Once they had mastered this, we invited their parents in to lunch to see how the restaurant operated and to sample the dishes.
In the kitchen they were coached by Bevan, Kimberly, and Marissa (Students studying NVQ2 Diploma in professional cookery) who were able to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, with the junior Chefs).
The Junior Chefs had the opportunity to gain experience in the restaurant (setting tables folding napkins, polishing glasses, cutlery.
Taking food orders serving drinks and making banana smoothie & cafetiere coffee.) These sessions were run by Julia & Sabrina (front of house trainers)
All Junior Chefs had the chance of cooking different dishes:
St Helenian Tuna Fish cakes,
Pork & Apple Burgers,
Tuna & sweet corn pizza,
Sausage pizza &
Banana tarte tatin.
This project was organised in conjunction with the Traditional Industries campaign on the island which encourages youngsters to embrace local industry. The youngsters were given tasks to find out who farms and who fishes on the island and how things are processed in order to appear on the plate.
Feedback was fantastic from a number of sources, the school, parents and especially the kids who all want to return to 2onmain once they are old enough! We will certainly be running more of these mini projects.