Cardiff and Vale College Principal’s pasta adventure
Cardiff and Vale College Principal and Chief Executive Mike James went back to the floor recently, joining a Hospitality & Catering course and learning how to make pasta.
Mike joined a Learning Pathways group from Barry Comprehensive School at the College’s Glamorgan Suite training restaurant on Colcot Road. He prepared a dish of fresh, handmade pasta finished with olive oil and basil – and he even helped with the washing up.
Mike said: “What struck me about working with the young chefs from Barry Comprehensive was their passion for cooking and the professionalism that they were using inside the training kitchen. The atmosphere was calm and organised with many students leading in an active manner their own professional training.
“Many students expressed the wish in future to become entrepreneurs in starting up their own business. Who knows, perhaps in the future the Vale will have a Michelin star restaurant owned and run by an ex-Barry Comp and Cardiff and Vale student.”
Hospitality & Catering Lecturer Joyce Harvey said: “Mike was very approachable and the lads all thought he was cool and not like a headmaster at all. I’m sure that after a couple more lessons he will have all the makings of a commis chef.”
Matthew David, a 16-year-old Barry Comprehensive student from Barry who worked with Mike James in making and tasting the pasta, added: “I found it an amazing experience working with the Principal and I really enjoyed it.”