Year 11 Food Technology students brought a Caribbean flavour to Manchester Academy, when they set up a makeshift restaurant, complete with a steel band.
The lunchtime event was staged for staff to sample the students’ cooking skills, after they had spent a busy morning preparing a selection of Caribbean-inspired food for their GCSE exam.
Salwa Abucar, Josh Emmanuel Hitchman, Liban Isse, Suha Iqbal, Sara Moda, Seineb Musa and Abdalla Omar all took part in the exam, which was led by Mrs McMullen, Interim Vice Principal and Ms Hawthorne, Food Technology Technician. Josh Emmanuel Hitchman was Head Chef for the event, with Suha Iqbal taking the role of Sous Chef.
They worked hard all morning preparing meat and vegetable patties, prawn and sweetcorn soup, sweet potatoes, beef hash, chicken coconut curry and sweet potato red onion feta sunshine tart. This was followed by a choice of desserts – banana cake, rum cake, potato pudding and cup cakes.
Stockport Academy’s steel band provided the music, thanks go to Lucy Kerwin, Evie Griffiths, Leigha Ridgway and Leah Seed-Campbell, along with music teacher Ms Stevenson and assistant steel pans tutor Mr Unwin.
Teaching staff including Executive Head teacher Frank McCarron and former Engagement Officer Neal Strickland were invited to come along to the ‘Jamaica Me Crazy Restaurant,’ to eat a three course lunch. The students then served the food in their roles as head waiter, restaurant manager and front of house staff.
Mrs McMullen said: “The students have worked really hard and we’ve had lots of good feedback from staff about the food.”
The Caribbean event will count towards 30% of their GCSE exam.