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Another unique opportunity was provided this year by Marling’s Vanessa Mole – Sodexo  Education General Manager. This enabled eight Year 11 students to visit the Sodexo Salon Culinaire at Ascot on Wednesday 22 October 2014. The event saw over 650 employees take part. The event, which took place at one of Sodexo’s most prestigious contracts, Ascot Racecourse, saw both professional and amateur chefs of all abilities and from across the business, take part in live and static competitions and enjoy a range of master classes and live demonstrations.

A supplier exhibition, open to visitors and competitors, also featured, while demonstrations took place from top industry names including much loved chef Paul Rankin, Michelin-starred Alyn Williams and pastry chef extraordinaire Will Torrent, who were there to help competing chefs and visitors develop their knowledge and learn tricks of the trade.

The students visited the Royal Ascot racing stand and this which was followed by a tour of the extensive kitchens. An inspirational talk was delivered from Paula Rankin who inspired the students to follow their heart in terms of future careers. Matt Dawson also talked to the group about hydration and sports nutrition.

The students then demonstrated their piping skills and took part in the cupcake challenge which saw Alex Egan and Jacob Dove secure success in terms of first and second prizes... 

Enormous thanks to Mr Alun Jones for driving the school minibus and to Mrs Vanessa Mole for ensuring Marling was one of three schools attending the event.

Paula Colley

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