Twenty GSCE catering students from the Oasis Academy in Southampton took part in a Game-to-Eat Masterclass with game expert Rob Marles on the 21st October. The day was designed to increase the students’ awareness of game and the cookery methods.
Following an introduction to British wild game covering the seasons, how game gets to the table, food hygiene and nutrition, the students were then challenged to identify the various species of game birds in feather.
A hands-on approach was encouraged to help put techniques into practice, which involved preparing small game birds and venison cuts, different cooking methods and a chance to taste.
Lunch was prepared during the class – a choice of Seared breast of pheasant with wild mushroom risotto or Venison with white bean ragout and freshly made bread. The day concluded with a group evaluation on the lunch, and a quiz to test what the students had remembered.
Overall the response from the participants and the Academy was that the Game-to-Eat Masterclass was a very positive, enjoyable experience with plenty of new skills for the students to add to their portfolios.
Alexia Robinson of Game-to-Eat said: “These workshops are an essential platform for communicating the benefits of game to students early on. We hope that it will inspire them to continue cooking with game well into their future catering careers.”
The Game-to-Eat campaign, now in its 10th year, is dedicated to building awareness of British wild game within the catering sector.