Wednesday 27 June 2012
Hospitality students were dancing for joy last week as they produced big lunches, and refreshments for the Big Concert performers.
The dedicated Forth Valley College cookery students and staff may have used ladles, whisks and pots and pans instead of violin bows, trumpets, drums and symbols, but they managed to conduct their own successful symphonies in the kitchens of the new Stirling Campus and the Raploch Community Campus respectively – preparing approximately 3,280 meals and refreshments throughout the week.
The state-of-the-art new facility served as a Big Noise rehearsal space on Saturday 18 June, providing refreshments for all the 100 child performers and their parents from Raploch, as well as a lunch facility for the 260 musicians from The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, from Monday 18-21 June.
FVC Chef Manager Ype van der Schaaf, said: “This has been a fantastic event for our students to provide catering and front of house services for our students have risen to the challenge and worked hard to an extremely high standard during the whole week.
“I am sure the experience they have accrued through serving so many meals in a fast paced environment, will help them in their future careers. They will definitely have learned an awful lot in a short space of time.”
Nicola Killean, Chief Executive of Sistema Scotland (the charity behind the Big Noise Concert) said: "A massive thanks to all at the new Forth Valley College Campus who were so important in making this busy week a success. Their wonderful food kept all the musicians very happy and the Campus itself was a fantastic location for meetings, rehearsals and very important guest receptions on the night of the concert. Great hospitality in a beautiful building looking out on a stunning view of the River Forth and Wallace Monument - we could not have asked for more."