A visit to a chocolate-making workshop let our food technology pupils discover more about the confectionery industry – and sample some of the goods!
Our third and fourth year pupils learned about the chocolate-making process from bean to bar during the workshop, and sampled raw cacao nibs and 100% pure chocolate before producing their own creations.
Even Mr Ehegartner got involved as our chocolatiers made truffles from raw ingredients and decorated their own handmade dark and milk chocolates, with some being far more successful than others!
Packaging design and marketing
As well as producing their own confectionery, our pupils also had to consider how to market their products.
The group was split into two and competed against each other to devise the best packaging and advertisement for their chocolates, with our fourth years finishing as the winning team.
One of the next major events for the food technology department will be our annual Masterchef competition that will launch later this term.
The standard of cooking in the competition is always very high, with pupils having to progress through two rounds to reach the final where their creations are judged by a head chef from a top local restaurant.
Chris Corcoran is our reigning champion after his two courses of oven-roasted pork tenderloin in a creamy truffle sauce followed by treacle sponge with custard saw him win the 2014 contest.