A group of 12 lucky Ashford College students recently received a masterclass in Nepalese and Indian cookery when they visited the award-winning Everest Inn restaurant.
The Level 2 and 3 catering students were trained by the restaurant’s Executive Chef, Shanker Pandey, an Ashford College alumnus, who has catered at functions for various film stars and dignitaries, notably a recent event for Prince Michael of Kent and will be catering at another for Prince Harry at the end of May.
The students learnt how to make Nepalese Momo dumplings, Indian Pakoras and Naan breads – making use of the Tandoori oven, which reaches temperatures of 550 degrees. They also took part in a 28 spice and herb challenge to see who could identify the most. Level 2 student Milly Beeston won the competition and received a £30 meal voucher. The group were then presented with a meal to end their visit and were joined by Shanker and Everest Inn staff.
Two of the catering students recently went to Everest Inn for their work experience and Shanker and his brother Jeeb, who is the front of house manager, were so impressed that they have offered them work when they cater for functions – a huge compliment to the students and the college as a whole.
One of the students commented, “It was absolutely brilliant, the experience was fantastic and the food was outstanding. I’d love to come here again and learn more.”
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