Yorkshire Food and Culture Querst week video

Enjoy some the highlights from the recent trip Island School trip to Yorkshire

Lord’s Kitchen Last supper

The Lord’s Kitchen Elements class were the last group to cook in the Food rooms before the relocation and they saw off the rooms in style, cooking a wonderful Christmas lunch. Students were all given a different task to complete so we had all the accompaniments for the turkey that Mr Lord had cooked earlier.  Nop we can’t wait to get into the new kitchens in Sha Tin.

Island School visits Yorkshire in Quest Week

During this years Quest Week, 21 students traveled to Yorkshire to experience the food and culture. The trip involved a great mix of activities. that gave them in insight into the history of the area and gave them the chance to indulge in the local cuisine. The cultural experiences included; the Jorvik Viking Museum, Eden Camp 2nd World War Museum, York Dungeons, The National railway museum, Whitby abbey, where Dracula was set and hiking on North York Moors. The foodie activities included visiting many restaurants and meeting the chefs,  cooking at Malton cookery school, cheese tasting at Shepherds Purse Creamery, visiting a diary farm and petting 2 week old calves  and learning about York’s chocolate heritage.   The students had a fantastic time and loved the week away in Gods own country.



Thai green Curry with Chef Ris

Today we had a visiting Chef teach students how to make authentic Thai green curry. Students were shown how to make the curry paste from the scratch and them use the paste to make their individual curries using their favourite meat. At the end of the session Chef Ris, with the help of Mr Clarke test/tasted all the curries to find out who had made the most authentic dish. This proved to be a tall order, because everyone had done their best to follow the process, despite the length. In the end, it was unanimously decided that for this week, everyone was a winner.

My Hong Kong

This weeks challenge was to use wet market ingredients, to make a dish which showed individual interpretation of Hong Kong cuisine.

Custard tarts, noddle soup, dumplings, steamed and pineapple buns, siu mai and stir fry are just a few of the fantastic dishes that were produced. But in the end Brianne,  Jaimie and Chloe took cooks of the week title for the most authentic char siu, custard tarts and milk tea. Priya and Jordyn were commended for sourcing the best wet market ingredients. 

Y12 BTEC Hospitality Staff Lunch

Well done to all the Y12 BTEC Hospitality students, who designed and made their own meals in groups today, to serve to staff at lunch. There was a really varied and interesting menu, which gave staff a difficult choice for which team to eat from. Staff then paid a contribution of what they felt it was worth and filled in feedback questionnaires, to help the students evaluate the success of the service.

Red Team:

Stir fry Seafood Vietnamese Noodles with Vegetable Spring Roll

Yellow Team:

Korean Spicy Beef and Broccoli Served with Brown Rice

Green Team:

Quinoa bean Burger with a side of sweet potato fries and garlic coleslaw


Thai Chicken Satay, with steamed vegetables, and Coconut Rice.

(peanut sauce on the side)


The feedback was fantastic and students enjoyed the event so much they wanted to do it more regularly and staff would be very happy with this.

Placintas, Plachie,Goulash and succulent zagrebacki

Can you name the countries where you would find these dishes ~ Placintas, Plachie, Goulash and zagrebacki?

These are just a few of the dishes we tried this week. Students worked in teams to research cuisines from Eastern/Central Europe. They were also given an ingredient that is mostly used in the cuisine of their given country and asked to translate this into a dish using ingredients available in class. Teams worked hard on their dishes but in the end Rachel, Valerie and Piyas Croatian zagrebacki and waffle cake won the the challenge. Sharon, Barbie and Jordyn were commended for their creative lasagne muffins from Czech Republic


Risotto Challange – Chef’s of the week (Nathaniel, Justin and Steven)

Well done to Nathaniel, Justin and Steven, who were awarded Chef of the week  in Lord’s Kitchen for their Risotto. Students were shown how how to make a basic risotto and then were tasked to elevate it to restaurant standard, with their own ingredients and the way they garnished the dish. Nathaniel has the best flavoured risotto as he used seafood stock, prawns and scallops and Justin and Steven had the perfect texture and great presentation for theirs, with a Parmesan crisp. All the students were looking forward to making it again at home to perfect it.



Elements -Theory and Practice-

Students working on the preparation stage of pattern making before their Design Challenge next week! Watch this space! 

Y13 BTEC Hospitality students cook the school lunches

Well done to all the Y13 BTEC Hospitality students, who today prepared,m cooked and served their own meals to serve to students and staff in the main at lunch. They have working in small teams for the last few weeks, to plan their meals and make sure it met all nutritional guidelines and fit in with the budgeting constraints of a school meal, as well ensuring it could all be cooking in time. All meals were sold for $25 and they served over 150 people in 30 mins, which is a great achievements. Here is the menu that students   and staff had to choose from.

Shredded Roasted Jerk Chicken with Rice and beans and stir fried vegetables


Filipino Seafood or Vegetable Noodle Stir fry with fresh spring roll


Beef and Vegetable Quesadilla with Coleslaw

The feedback was all extremely positive and the student worked extremely hard to ensure the quality was the best it could be and that everyone world be happy with the food they were served. Thanks to all the students involved and to everyone that came and supported the event