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The Frome Agriculture & Cheese Show proved to be another exciting opportunity for our GCSE Food Prep & Nutrition students at Frome College. They were all invited to cook on stage with the acclaimed chef Jean Christophe Novelli throughout the day, where he gave them tips, great advice and the benefit of his extensive experience.

Over his career, Jean Christophe has accumulated four consecutive Michelin stars and many culinary accolades including five AA Rosettes, AA Chef of the Year, and European Chef of the Year representing Great Britain. Jean Christophe Novelli began his career at the young age of fourteen as a baker in Arras, northern France, and he was keen to give our students some guidance about becoming a chef.

Jack J Norris and Sam Oliver, two of Frome College’s Year 11 Food students, were very surprised when Jean-Christophe invited them onto the stage, during his ‘Celebrity cooking slot’ to cook with him - a rare and invaluable experience for them. They impressed him with risotto and spaghetti carbonara with a cheese twist. They received fantastic feedback from him and it was so nice to see a professional chef encouraging the new generation of potential young chefs. Both boys are embarking on their final year of GCSE and this was a huge boost to their confidence, for which we are very grateful to Jean Christophe.

At the end of last term in the College Food department, we ran a Cheese Competition where students had to use their creativity to produce an exciting and delicious recipe to include cheese. The three winners, Matthew Nelson, Beth Freestone and Jamie Leigh Parker, all cooked their dishes on the theatre stage in front of a live audience, with Jean Christophe as their chief taster.

Following their great experience on stage, they then took part in the Cheese Judging Competition alongside Judge, Gareth McCabe - although judging from the faces that were pulled the students were not that keen on goat’s cheese!  All our young chefs were a credit to Frome College for their professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm throughout the day.

Frome College Radio Club members Niamh Casey and Amy Wells hosted their first outside radio broadcast at this year’s Frome Agricultural & Cheese Show. With help from FromeFm’s Technical Directors Terry Stewart and Julian Crawley, the Year 10 students simultaneously produced a live broadcast to the show’s visitors and the station’s usual FM and internet audiences direct from the West Woodlands showground.

Frome College Navy Cadets were also on hand throughout the whole show to support the organisers wherever they were required.  In the afternoon, they ensured the Show Jumping event was a success by moving the jumps into the right places as well as replacing the poles if they fell.  It was a hard, hot job but the Cadets completed their tasks with a smile.  SLT Perry was interviewed by Jennie Smith from FromeFm broadcasting to the nation the wonderful opportunities that Frome College offers young people.

A huge thank you should go to everyone who attended, and gave our students the opportunity to participate in such an awesome event!

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