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A taste of Italy for Mountain Ash Pupils

A taste of Italy for Mountain Ash PupilsRenowned Italian Chef, Massimo Bishop-Scotti, visited Mountain Ash Comprehensive School to give Year 10 and 11 catering / hospitality students a master class in preparing an authentic Italian menu.

During a workshop, organised by Careers Wales Education Business Partnership, and funded by Rhondda Cynon Taff 14 – 19 Network, Massimo showed the students how to make a four-cheese risotto, following a recipe that originates in Naples, as well as the classic Italian dessert, tiramisu. The 25 students were captivated as Massimo demonstrated each stage of the cooking process with one of the students saying “It was really interesting finding out about food from a different country and where the original pizza came from. Massimo told us his life story and how he became a success”.

Since leaving Capri at the age of 17 and with only a few words of English, Massimo has worked in Michelin starred restaurants as well as at five star hotels like The Savoy in London and at Gordon Ramsay’s Aubergine restaurant. At the end of the demonstration students were shown how to plate and present the dishes as if they were being served to customers in a ‘top end’ restaurant. This is one of the skills they are expected to learn as part of their catering course.

Massimo now heads Zucchero Patisserie, contemporary wedding cake designers, and was able to give the students tips on cooking the perfect sponge!

Careers Wales is very grateful to Massimo for giving up his time to pass on his expertise to the students. Mrs Grashoff, Head of Catering at the school said “All the students thoroughly enjoyed the session. Massimo brought real professionalism into our kitchen – he is an excellent role model.”

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