A School Diners event with celebrity chef Mark Lloyd

Pupils from Winifred Holtby Academy hosted a School Diners event with celebrity chef Mark Lloyd - the event took place in the Academy's Forum on Saturday 27th May 2017.

Pupils had been given the opportunity to work under Mark’s guidance to plan, prepare, cook and run a one-day “pop up restaurant” at the Academy. Pupils cooked for parents, teachers, governors and the Lord Mayor after  eating guests paid what they felt the meal was worth with the profits made going on a reward for the group or given to a charity of their choice.

Pupils arrived at the Academy at 10am ready for a long day. preparing and cooking the food and also ensuring the dining room was decorated and tables set. Mark gave the pupils the itinerary for the day, then split them into three groups - each group had responsibility for a section of the meal - Mark showed pupils how to use the equipment and prepare the food and then they were off - they worked extremely hard and well in their groups and by the evening had succeeded in cooking a fantastic 3 course meal - the menu for the evening was 'super-food salad, roast pork with roast potatoes, vegetables with a cider sauce and chocolate brownie with ice-cream for dessert.

At 5.15pm Mark talked them through their roles and responsibilities for the evening which included front of house, plating up and washing. Pupils changed into their evening attire (bow ties included) ready to meet and greet their guests - Pupils served over 35 guests in the evening all before clearing up and cleaning down - their day finished at 9pm. Although it had been a long day it had been very rewarding. Guests were extremely complimentary about their meals and the way in which the pupils had waited on them.

Mr Dorsett and Mrs Hoy who had worked with the pupils throughout the day said:  


This has been a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to learn the skills of catering, and the joy and satisfaction of achieving success gained from teamwork and effort. We are extremely proud of the pupils involved who gave up so much of their weekend for this charity event.”
— Mr Dorsett and Mrs Hoy