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Catering students serve up a meal for the town

Catering students from Reading College have taken part again this year in Reading Town Meal, organised by Food4families.

All the food is donated by growers and allotment holders around Reading, prepared and cooked by Reading College students, and served free in Forbury Gardens.

This year, the students cooked a vegetable Moroccan tagine which was served with a green leaf and beetroot salad and this was followed with a fruit crumble for dessert.

The students served lunch to approximately 500 people.

Andy Slater, Director of the Lifestyles Faculty said: “Work experience is such a valuable vehicle for students to gain the real life skills that are required to gain future employment.”

“Having the experience that the Reading Town Meal gives them, really allows the development of key attributes which are required to secure a future career in the hospitality and catering industry.”

Reading College music students entertained visitors in the bandstand and on Friday public services students from the college helped with the setup of the event.

Melany Anderson, Work Experience Coordinator for the Services to the Public Faculty said: “This sort of work experience is very valuable for the students and allows them to get out of the college and work with external organisations which not only broadens their horizons but also helps them to give something back to the local community.”

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