Catering student Boe Trowbridge put his culinary skills to the test on Christmas Day, volunteering to prepare and serve more than 80 three course festive lunches at St John’s Church Hall in Fareham.

Catering student Boe in chef whites and santa hat with two other volunteer cooks at St John's Church Hall on Christmas Day.

The event, run by the Community First charity, offers companionship and a freshly cooked Christmas dinner for people who would otherwise spend the day alone.

Boe said: “I enjoyed the day because it was nice to see how much this event meant to the people arriving to eat. I wanted to do this because it’s nothing to take time out of my day to make someone else’s when they don’t have a family to see for Christmas.

“It was a useful experience because there were lots of different elements that had to be done on time, but at the same time, we weren't rushed at all. It let me get a look on what it will be like in a professional kitchen.”

As part of his work experience Boe made pigs in blankets, prepared & cooked vegetables and made up gravy & custards.

Volunteer Lead Cook for St John’s Church Geoffrey Moore, said: “Boe worked well on all the tasks and is clearly very keen on his chosen profession. When we encountered problems with the two fan ovens heating very unevenly, Boe remained calm, offered practical suggestions and helped ensure we were able to get properly cooked food to the serving points in a timely fashion.

“Considering how short a period he has been on his course Boe performed very competently and is a credit to his college. I wish him well in his catering future and I am sure he would be most welcome if he chooses to volunteer again next year.”

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  • Date 12/01/2022