COOKING-up a storm was the order of the day for five budding chefs.
It has been a tasty start to the year for the Aldingbourne Trust which saw some of its clients awarded certificates by West Sussex County Council’s catering team.
The five students, all adults with learning disabilities, had been taking a course about food preparation and cooking in order to progress their work in the charity’s café and increase their knowledge about cooking fresh foods safely.
One of the instructors Kay Gill said: “The group were a pleasure to work with, and I would like to congratulate them all on their achievement. May they take the knowledge they have gained and use it to the best of their ability.
“The students remembered everything and engaged with all the lessons.
“I wish them all the best in the future.”
The course, run by West Sussex County Council, was specially devised for the Aldingbourne Trust and took place at the charity’s country centre where the students had full use of the café’s kitchens and facilities.
The skills learned are not only applied in the work place but can also be used at home, which can be essential for adults with learning disabilities who live independently without live-in support.
Andrew Pickthall, one of the students, took what he had learnt back home with him and purchased some colour coded chopping boards for his kitchen to limit cross contamination of food when preparing to cook.
The group also learned about the different aspects required for catering careers, such as customer service, manual handling and preparing delicious, healthy meals.
Natalie Found, the trust’s catering manager, said she was very proud of her team and along with the café team look forward to continuing the partnership with the county council and enrolling more students on the course.
The group is affectionately known as the Kiwi club, and as well as working at the country centre’s café, they also work at the county council’s Durban House Café.
“It is a fantastic partnership we have with Aldingbourne Trust; we have been able to help train adults with learning disabilities, and they have also been able to put these skills into practice whilst running a café that serves our staff in our Bognor hub. ” said John Figgins, the council’s county catering service manager.
“It is a pleasure to have this opportunity to work with Aldingbourne Trust and offer them this training programme.”