Hospitality masterclass at Campbeltown Grammar School

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Campbeltown Grammar School (CGS) students received a masterclass on the benefits of working in the hospitality industry from a Kintyre chef who has cooked all over the world.

Explore Kintyre and Gigha committee member Johnny Beveridge brought Visit Scotland’s year of young people 2018 to the school on Wednesday, September 12, when he held a workshop and cooking display for more than 20 hospitality students.

The workshop was held in conjunction with Skills Development Scotland, Explore Kintyre and Gigha, Campbeltown Grammar School and Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative (AITC).

It was to help give the students a better understanding of their career options in the hospitality, tourism and travel industry with the added bonus of a cooking display by Johnny, of Chinese cuisine.

Johnny, who is still active in the hospitality industry as well as being on the Explore Kintyre and Gigha committee, said: ‘It was a delight to spend time with staff and students at Campbeltown Grammar School.

‘It was great to see how much enthusiasm the students had especially with the vegetarian option of the Chinese cuisine we prepared.

‘Thanks to all for facilitating.’

Alison Woodrow, principal teacher of the health and food technology department at CGS, said: ‘We would like to say a huge thank you to Johnny Beveridge for inspiring us with a masterclass in Chinese cookery which our pupils thoroughly enjoyed.

‘They are keen to try out the recipes from the day and are stir frying this week.

‘Johnny also gave us an insight into careers in the hotel industry and working in national and international hotels.

‘We are looking forward to Kay Johnston from Skills Development Scotland carrying out a careers session next week with our hospitality pupils.’

Iain Johnston, AITC development agent for Kintyre and Gigha added: ‘It was great to be involved in facilitating this workshop in partnership with national and local organisations and to be able to deliver it to students in CGS.

‘Thanks to all involved and to Johnny for his inspirational talk and cooking display.’

Kay Johnston, careers adviser at Skills Development Scotland, said: ‘Working with Johnny was an inspiration for students and partners.

‘Johnny’s real life experiences offered a unique career insight for young people. It gave us all an opportunity to see the skills that can be developed in working with employers in hospitality, tourism and other business-related careers in the industry.’

Johnny Beveridge held a workshop and cooking display for more than 20 hospitality students.
Johnny Beveridge held a workshop and cooking display for more than 20 hospitality students.

Hospitality pupils and staff of CGS with Johnny Beveridge and representatives from the groups which organised the workshop. NO_38hospitality01

Johnny Beveridge held a workshop and cooking display for more than 20 hospitality students. NO_38hospitality02