Catering Students Compete at Army Catering Challenge


Catering students at Riverside College were introduced to outdoor survival skills and new career pathways during an exciting inter-college Army Catering Challenge at Fulwood Barracks in Preston.

With students from fellow colleges around the North West, Riverside’s young chefs watched outdoor cookery demonstrations by 167 Catering Support Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corps. The students got to see tasty dishes made from ration pack ingredients, created with techniques used by British Army caterers all over the world; including cooking with emergency improvised ovens and fire pits.

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The students then had the opportunity to test their baking, roasting and simmering skills by recreating the dishes using a special field kitchen set up for the event. The finished dishes were judged by Army staff at the event, before being presented to charities and homeless shelters, including The Foxton Centre in Preston.

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The students also took part in fun team building exercises and demonstrations of survival skills when out in the field such as sleeping, eating and camp guarding. They were also introduced to new possible career pathways within the British Army.

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Stephen Parkinson, Programme Area Leader for Catering and Hospitality at Riverside, said “It was a great day at Fulwood Barracks, our students had a great time and picked up many new skills which will help them with their college courses. They also got to experience working in a team and under pressured conditions, which are all valuable qualities they will need when working in busy catering and hospitality environments in the future. We look forward to taking part in future events with 167 Catering Support Regiment RLC.”

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