Fife College Culinary Arts students are pictured outside Manual Caffe in San Vendemiano, near Treviso. 

Fife College students, from across campuses at St Brycedale in Kirkcaldy, Halbeath in Dunfermline and Levenmouth, had a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about Italy’s famous food and drink last month.

A group of 24 students visited the Venito region, in the North East of Italy, for 13 nights to learn more the area’s renowned food and drink.

Activities included, amongst others, grape tasting at a prosecco producer, pizza making and a visit to coffee museum.  The group also took a day trip to Treviso in Venice where they visited the home of Tiramisu. 

The trip culminated in the group putting on a Fife College dinner for 30 locals, including members of the Italian press.

This is the third trip of its kind that the College’s Culinary Arts department has put on this year.  The trips have now seen over 70 students visit Italy as part of their studies. 

Funded by Eramus+ and organised by Glasgow based Libero Agency, the trips are designed to create opportunities for apprentice chefs to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness. 

Rebecca Sinclair, 29, who studies at the College’s Halbeath Campus in Dunfermline, said:  "Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the factory visits, the produce and the products but my favourite part was the Tiramisu trip - it was nothing like the dish at home, it was 100 times better!”

Rebecca, from Kinross, added: “Everyone helping us learn and understand about Italian ingredients and the passion that goes into them was great too.  We all started the trip only knowing a couple of people but the trip has allowed us to forge some very strong friendships that will last a lifetime."

Culinary Arts Lecturer Eadie Manson who led the group said: “The trip was a fantastic experience for the students.  It was great to see students, from different campuses and of all different ages and backgrounds, bond and enjoy the experience together. 

“I’m sure the trip will have a really positive effect on the students' work in College while also giving them the inspiration and drive to go on and succeed in the industry.”

Looking to cook up a career in professional cookery and hospitality?  Start your journey in January with SVQ Professional Cookery level 4 -  places available in Halbeath and Levenmouth campuses. For further details about Culinary Arts and Hospitality courses at Fife College, visit our course pages.