Fife College students were delighted to be working with BBC MasterChef winner, Jamie Scott to prepare the first ever low carbon lunch at the Fife Environmental Partnership Conference and Fair.
The lunch was served to invited guests at the event, hosted by Fife College, at the College’s Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline held recently.
Students were able to bring the knowledge and skills they have developed since starting at College in August to a real life industry event allowing for an invaluable learning experience.
Brody Fox, (18) from Dunfermline, was thrilled when she heard she would be helping out at the event. Brody is currently studying NC Hospitality incorporating Professional Cookery and was excited to take part in a real life industry event so early into her course. Said Brody: “I loved taking part in the event and meeting Jamie Scott. He is definitely someone I look up to and it was so exciting to meet and work with him.”
“It was great to get the opportunity to work at an industry event three weeks into my course. It has made me so excited to continue with my course and start my career.”
MasterChef professional winner, Jamie Scott
MasterChef professional winner, Jamie Scott, was on hand during the event to ensure the food was of star quality. Said Jamie: “I am delighted to have been invited to assist Fife College Students prepare for this exciting lunch for the Fife Environmental Partnership Conference and Fair. Projects like this allow us to stop in our tracks and think about ongoing effects and ways to work smarter with our produce.”
Since gaining the title of MasterChef winner, Jamie has opened his first restaurant in Fife, The Newport Restaurant.
Fareshare, a food social enterprise from Dundee, delivered fresh food that had been saved from landfill and this was used in the lunch, while Vegware, an Edinburgh-based eco packaging firm kindly donated compostable crockery, cutlery and cups. Incorporating these initiatives allowed for a truly eco-friendly experience that integrated well with the general theme of the event.
Curriculum Manager for Culinary Arts at Fife College, Lindsey Robertson, was thrilled to see the students getting the work based experience necessary to succeed in such a competitive industry. Said Lindsey: “I was so excited for the students to take part and work at a real life catering event. This enabled them to gain some great experience and get a sense of what it is like to work in this type of industry.”
The Fife Environmental Partnership Conference and Fair, organised by Fife Council, brings together community groups, social enterprises, business, public bodies, Councillors, Fife Council staff, funding partners and members who showcase their carbon reduction and environmental projects as well as enabling and encouraging partnership projects and the sharing of project information.
Cllr John Wincott, Fife Council’s Environment and Transport Spokesperson, said: “I was delighted to be part of this event that brought a range of groups together to share learning and help establish future low carbon projects. The conference demonstrated how local leaders and community groups are paving the way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preserve resources through new approaches to energy. It was also a great opportunity to share all the good work that Fife Council is doing to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.”