Usually working in the college’s popular restaurant Senara, the students created new seafood recipes using the fresh shellfish and seafood sold by W. Harvey & Sons both online and in its Newlyn shop. These along with the raw products were then dressed and photographed to provide the visuals for the new W. Harvey & Sons website.
Julian Harvey, Director, said:
“It was fantastic to work with the students and faculty of the college. Not only did the students really engage with the products but they also explored the provenance of where the shellfish are caught, and the process of getting from the sea to the plate. We were blown away by the recipes they created all of which are to an incredibly high standard.”
The dishes created include a Spanish Paella with succulent prawns, BBQ Jerk Lobster, Singapore Chilli Crab, Thai Smoked Salmon Cakes and, in true Cornish style, a Crab, Smoked Haddock, Leek and Clotted Cream Pasty.
For those not so adventurous, they also served up a traditional Lobster Roll, a Crab sandwich with homemade paste, and a sinful Crayfish Mac N Cheese.
Working together proved to be such a success that W. Harvey & Sons and the college have agreed to form a long-standing partnership to continue to provide the same opportunity for students going forward.
David Izzard, Hospitality and Catering Lead at Truro and Penwith College, said:
“Relationships with specialist companies such as W. Harvey & Sons are vital for our students in order to understand provenance, where products come from, and what it takes for products to get to us.
“It offers the students an enriched package so they can understand the process and timeline products go through and the people that involves. It shows them to have respect for the produce, respect for the supplier and love and passion for the dish they create. Working on the recipes has helped build their confidence and given them a real sense of achievement.”
The Hospitality and Catering division of the college offers courses covering Food and Beverage Service and Professional Cookery, from levels one to three, with an additional level three certification in Patisserie and Confectionary. It works closely with the Paul Ainsworth Academy as well as other companies that specialise in the food industry.
Students from the college’s hospitality sector have gone on to work with celebrity chefs such as Heston Blumenthal and Tom Kerridge, own their own businesses, and work on private yachts. Others have progressed to university and now work in some of the UK’s biggest hotels, while some who are now Senior Sous Chefs are passing on their experiences by mentoring the current student body.
To find out more about Truro and Penwith College, visit https://www.truro-penwith.ac.uk
To find out more about the College’s Senara Restaurant,
To view and try the delicious recipes created by the students, visit our Recipes page