Surfing, sightseeing . . . and a taste of Rick Stein’s restaurant

Published: June 10, 2016

A group of TCAT students have returned from a fun-packed and confidence-boosting educational visit to Cornwall.

The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management students packed a lot into their four-day trip, visiting top tourist location The Eden Project, and enjoying a half day of surfing and body boarding on the Cornish coast.

They also stopped off in the beautiful fishing town of Padstow where they had the opportunity to visit celebrity chef Rick Stein’s fish restaurant for a behind-the-scenes chat with sous chef Dan Hine.

Sue Hayward, Catering & Hospitality Co-ordinator at TCAT, said the two groups of students showcased their creative cookery skills in a live ‘cook-off’ when they were challenged to create a two-course meal on a very small budget.

I was so impressed with the finished dishes.

she said

The students were professional and created very tasty meals which would have not been out of place on our restaurant’s menu.

I am immensely proud of the students and their willingness to get involved in all aspects of this trip. They have represented the college in such a positive light, and have grown in confidence as a result.

The Orange Tree restaurant at TCAT is open to the public every Friday lunchtime during term-time from noon to 1.30pm. To reserve a table, call 01952 642477.

To find out more about TCAT’s range of catering and hospitality courses, call Sue Hayward on 01952 642537 or see