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Nescot’s Catering team is setting up a new pop-up café in the college.

Starting this Friday (January 20), students will be making and serving a range of food, with profits being donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.

The café will be called Food for Thought, and in time it will develop into a broader fundraising initiative called Food Memories.

The menu for this week includes ‘Nescot’s nearly-famous brownies’, chocolate and orange cookies, soup with freshly-based bread, and sausage rolls and salad.

Students on the college’s Level 1 Initial Skills for the Catering Industry course will be cooking and serving the food initially, and this will then be extended to the Professional Cookery students.

“The café is going to be a great challenge for our students,” said Stuart Winkworth, who teaches Catering at Nescot and has a background as a chef.

“They will be planning the menu, preparing the food, cooking the food, and serving customers, so they will get a full range of experiences.

“I always tell the students that any work experience in a restaurant is good experience, and having knowledge of what it’s like at ‘front of house’, serving customers, gives you knowledge of the whole context of the customers’ experience, and that makes you a better chef.”

Food for Thought will be open in the restaurant opposite Admissions in the Skills Park from 12.15-1.30pm. The café is cash-only, and all profits will be donated to charity.

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