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12 July 2012

Students cater to Olympian appetites

A group of nine Hospitality & Catering students from Cardiff and Vale College will soon be heading off to London to help prepare food for guests at the Olympic Stadium for both the Olympics and Paralympics.

The Head Chef of the Olympic Park approached CAVC Senior Chef Lecturer Kevin Fairlie to ask if any of the College’s students would like to gain work experience at the London 2012 Games.

“They will be working in the Olympic Family Lounge and have been offered the Paralympics as well so this will be a busy but fantastic experience for them,” Kevin said.

The nine Pathways to Apprenticeship students are understandably nervous but also excited.

“It’s a great opportunity to look at how big events are catered for and to learn and actually get our names out there,” Nathan Brinkworth, 18 and from Penarth, said. “It’s the Olympics so it’s an opportunity you cannot turn down – and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Eighteen-year-old Sophie Evans from Mountain Ash added: “I feel very happy and excited to be going to do work experience at the Olympics – you don’t often get the chance to work at an event like this.”

“It’s going to be a great experience and it will be good for meeting new people,” Clair Humphries, 18 and also from Penarth, added. “Being away for three weeks seems a bit scary because I haven’t been away from home for that long before. But I am very excited and I think it will be really good experience that will be good for my CV as well.”

The students recently visited the Rungis Food Market on the outskirts of Paris. The biggest food market in the world, it covers some 3,000 hectares and supplies 20 million people with food.

Nathan said: “The French are very nice people. I was shocked at how big the market was – I knew it was big but I didn’t realise that it was that size!”