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Fine dining restaurant Five Rivers spice up lesson for catering students

Walsall College Catering students received a master class in Indian cookery this week, when professional chefs from Five Rivers A La Carte restaurant visited the college’s Jerome’s Restaurant to show students how to prepare a range of Indian dishes.

Fine-dining north Indian restaurant, Five Rivers opened in Walsall in December 2011 by a group of award-winning caterers, and in its first year won Birmingham Airport’s Hello Curry competition, and the ‘Best Newcomer’ category at the national finals of the British Curry Awards. The restaurant has also received several listings in acclaimed good food guides, while Head Chef, Rashpal Sunner has been honoured with an ‘Ethnic Chef of the Year’ accolade.

Commercial Chef and Trainer Assessor in Hospitality and Catering at Walsall College, Steve Biggs said: “We are very grateful to the chefs at Five Rivers for taking the time to share their skills and expertise in Indian cuisine with our students. It is a cuisine we don’t cover in great detail on the course, so the workshop was a great opportunity for students to learn new techniques from industry professionals.”

Catering student, Siana Walker said: “I really enjoyed the lesson and I now know how to blend spices to make a curry paste, and use this as a base to create a variety of authentic Indian dishes such as prawn curry.”

Chef at Five Rivers, Rashpal Sunner commented, “We were very impressed with the enthusiasm shown by students in the master class and their ability to pick up the knowledge very quickly. The standards of the college kitchen were also very highly commendable.”

The budding chefs will now be tested on their new skills, with a competition judged by the Five Rivers team to see which student can recreate the best Indian dish.

The college also has a series of master classes planned throughout the year with five star restaurants across the region, including Simpsons, Turners, Edwards and Jamie’s Italian based in Birmingham and Sir Jacks Restaurant in Molineux Stadium. In addition, students will have the chance to complete work experience placements with the restaurants.

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