Second Teen Takeover

Following the success of the first ‘Teens Takeover’ event last year, Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant again hosted third-year pupils from Sandwick Junior High School, for two evenings of food preparation and service this week.

Students from the Health and Food Technology class, along with their teacher, Mrs Margaret Ramsay, met with facilities staff at the venue earlier in October to plan a menu, which half of the pupils prepared in the kitchen under the supervision of Head Chef, Bob Stephen. The other half of the class were in charge of front-of-house service, dishing up a three course meal to a full house of family and friends, with guidance and supervision from Scott Gair, Customer Services Manager.

The concept of the event was to give pupils a chance to experience a real working kitchen and catering environment, with all the associated pressures of food preparation and front-of-house service. Both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings had a full house of 55 diners, all eagerly awaiting their dinner.

Mrs Ramsay, who originally came up with the initiative said “I am so pleased that we were able to run this event again with Shetland Museum and Archives and Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant. The support that the pupils have had from the staff at the school and all the parents has just been fantastic. A sell-out event for both nights has really given the pupils a chance to see how a real-life kitchen and restaurant experience would be.

“We would like to thank Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant staff for working with us to give the students this opportunity.”

Anne Goudie Facilities Manager said: ‘Education and life-long learning is at the heart of everything we do at Shetland Museum and Archives. Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant is an integral part of the service we deliver and we were delighted to be able to host the event in the restaurant.”

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