Students Whip Up Swedish Delights for IKEA Shoppers
Walsall College Hospitality and Catering students helped IKEA in Wednesbury mark 25 years since the furniture giant opened its first store in the UK, with a range of Swedish inspired canapes.
The ‘Big Two Five’ celebrations kicked off on Thursday 11th October with an Abba tribute band and traditional Swedish log cutting ceremony, and are set to continue for 25 days.
The students have been invited to showcase their culinary skills in the store and cater for shoppers who visit every weekend, from Friday to Sunday, during the event. Seven budding chefs will be dishing up a canape menu consisting of gravlax with citrus dressing, hot curd salmon, cray fish tails with dill and mustard, cinnamon buns and meat balls in a lingon jam and cream sauce, all created using ingredients only available in the store.
They will also be offering advice and cookery tips to customers on how they can recreate these dishes at home.
The students supported the store’s Kitchen launch earlier this year, where their food proved very popular with customers and special guest, TV chef, Gino D’Acampo.
Davinia Wickstead, Jerome’s Restaurant Manager at Walsall College said: “As part of their course students gain valuable industry experience working in the on-site commercial restaurant, preparing and serving food for members of the general public. However, this is an excellent opportunity them to further their catering skills outside of the college and equip themselves with the skills needed to be successful in the hospitality industry.
“The students have also given up their own time to volunteer at this event and represent the college, which is testament of the commitment they show on their courses.”
Jatinder Sharma, Principal and Chief Executive of Walsall College was invited to the official launch last week and commented: “It was an honour to be a guest at such a landmark event. It helps to reinforce our commitment as a college in further strengthening our industry links with local businesses, and provide students with work experience opportunities.”