Chefs' Forum Academy Blog 7 - Foraging in Torquay

The Level 3 catering students from Cheltenham and Forest of Dean campuses had an exciting last session of the year, which saw them take a trip to the coast for a foraging masterclass with David Harrison at Meadfoot Beach, Torquay.

David started learning bushcraft and foraging many years ago when he was in the army, and is a member of the Association of Foragers. He supplies a local hotel with items for their menus.

The students learned about edible plants that you can find in hedgerows and roadsides and their seasons, some which are native to the coastal areas of Britain. The masterclass started as a gentle walk along the roadside, then progressed into a wooded area where the students were also told about the not so edible plants that you should stay away from.

After learning the golden rules of foraging, the students took a steep hike up  to a cliff top, where they discovered what food would ideally be paired with some of the flavours they encountered, and what vegetables the plants were related to. Then it was back down the to the bus, where they unpacked the portable stoves to cook up some delights with the items that had been foraged and the final proof tasting!!

The weather was perfect and a lovely round off to this year’s Chef’s Forum Academy, the returning students are looking forward already to next September when it all starts again, with a line-up of new chefs and some returning favourites, to highlight current trends in industry and enhance their learning and college experience.

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