Student chefs at Edinburgh College gave customers at the new Aldi store in Tranent a taste of their culinary wizardry at the shop’s opening day event.
The student’s prepared tasters of recipes they had prepared using Aldi products to welcome shoppers to the new store. Customers were delighted to sample butternut squash soup, chocolate tarts, tandoori salmon with naan bread, and beef tagliata, and snapped up recipe cards to use at home.
This is the second store opening Aldi has asked students to cook at, following the opening of a new Cowdenbeath shop last month. The events were a chance to gain practical experience and engage directly with customers, receiving immediate feedback.
Kerry Robertson, one of the five SVQ Level 2 Professional Cookery students at the event, said: “This has been a really great opportunity to work and show off what we’ve learned on our course. I don’t have a job in the catering industry yet, so events like these give me the experience I need to take to future employers. I’ve been serving the samples to the customers today and had some really nice comments.”
Lecturers Chris Cockburn and George Baker accompanied the students.
George said “We’re really grateful to Aldi for giving us the opportunity to help out with their store opening. It’s valuable for us as a college and for the students, as it lets people know just how high quality our students and teaching are.”
The Professional Cookery course prepares students for working in the catering industry through training in food preparation and restaurant service. Students use these skills working in the college’s Granton Campus canteen and the two college training restaurants, The Apprentice and eh15.