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                                               accommodation by some 40%, and has                                                                                                           The ingredients are easy to obtain, and it is        a simmer with a lid on for at least 30

Welcome                                        become the base for all hairdressing,
                                               beauty therapy, F.E. leisure and tourism,
                                               and F.E. care and childcare students.
                                                                                                                                            Recipe of                                       simplicity itself to make. Served with large
                                                                                                                                                                                            amounts of crusty white bread it is ideal for
                                                                                                                                                                                            that post-shopping lunch on a Saturday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Add the spring onions and leeks and

to the third issue of First Class, the
                                               The ground floor hairdressing salons in
                                               Richmond House set new industry
                                                                                                                                            the Year                                        The short grain rice and spring onion can
                                                                                                                                                                                            be exchanged for ordinary onion and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 continue to simmer for a further 15
newsletter of the Alumni Society of                                                                                                                                                                                                         4.   Remove the chicken and vegetables
Birmingham College of Food,
                                               standards and the beauty and therapy                                                         with Rod Burton,                                whatever rice you have in the pantry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 from the stock and keep warm.
                                               suites, modelled on health spas, include
Tourism and Creative Studies.                  saunas, solaria and even dry flotation                                                       BCFTCS Catering lecturer                        Ingredients                                     5.   Add the rice to the liquid, stirring to
                                               tanks! The new health and fitness suites                                                                                                                                                          prevent the rice sticking, and cook for
As you might expect, another busy year         offer the latest fitness testing and gym                                                                                                     500g / 2lb carrots, peeled                           about 10 minutes.
has been spent ensuring that the               equipment. Along with increased library                                                                                                      3 bay leaves                                    6.   To finish thickening the soup, first
College’s programmes, buildings and            space and computing facilities, these give                                                                                                   1.5 kg / 1 3-4lb oven-ready chicken                  whisk the egg whites in a bowl until
reputation (and therefore the currency of      our students that extra ‘edge’ in their                                                                                                      500g / 2lb leeks, washed, trimmed of                 they peak. Add a quarter of the broth
your qualifications) are advanced.             skills and knowledge that help them to                                                                                                       green parts and split                                to the bowl, a little at a time until it is
                                               ‘compete with advantage’ in their careers.                                                                                                   2 bunches spring onions, trimmed and                 all folded in. Add the lemon juice and
In July 2000, we gained the ‘Hospitality       But why not come and see for yourself                                                                                                        washed.                                              beaten egg yolks in the same way.
Assured’ mark, the new sign of excellent       these amazing facilities; either as a guest                                                                                                  100g / 4oz short grain rice                          Do not re-boil the soup after this
customer care for the hospitality industry     (they are all open to the public) or as part                                                                                                 2 separated eggs                                     stage otherwise it will curdle!
- yet more proof that we are willing for our   of a reunion - details of which you will find                                                                                                juice of 2 lemons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7.   Add the contents of the bowl to the
provision to be tested against the highest     elsewhere in this magazine.                                                                                                                  50g / 2oz butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 bulk of the soup, stirring all the while
industry standards.                                                                                                                                                                         sea salt & black pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 until it thickens. Season.
                                               In this issue we have again tried to bring                                                   Chicken Avgolemo Soup
In September 2000, the University of                                                                                                                                                        Method                                          8.   Cut the chicken and vegetables into
                                               you news of familiar faces - both students
                                                                                                                                            Jewish mothers don’t have a monopoly                                                                 bite-sized pieces.
Birmingham renewed the Accreditation           and staff - in a way that entertains and
                                                                                                                                            on the medicinal properties of chicken          1. Put 2 litres of water into a large pot,      9.   To serve, place some chicken and
Agreement with the College that enables        informs. Some of those students featured
                                                                                                                                            soup. During the winter months, mothers            add the carrots and bay leaves and                vegetables in a heated bowl, and
our BA, BSc and Masters degrees to             illustrate an important aspect of our
                                                                                                                                            all over Greece dole out this nutritious           boil for about 10 minutes.                        then cover with the broth. Float a
continue to be offered in the name of the      courses; the knowledge and skills taught
                                                                                               Don’t forget that, in our fast-paced and     soup at the drop of a hat. It also has a        2. Add the chicken, making sure that it              small knob of butter on top and serve
University.                                    are highly transferable to many types of
                                                                                               increasingly technological world, the        legendary reputation as a hangover cure.           is covered, and turn the heat down to             immediately.
                                               job and sectors. For some students, it is
Throughout the year, the College has           not always possible or desirable to enter       College has many courses that can help
been working with employers, sector            the industry directly related to their          you further your career, change direction,
                                                                                               or even find a pleasurable pastime.                                                          languages voluntarily for enjoyment as a        learning a language at BCFTCS has given
groups and others to design new
qualifications at both craft and
                                               course, but their time at the College has                                                                     Cathy Farmer                   leisure pursuit. Cathy looked forward to        them from which Cathy derives her job
                                               still been of immense value. Our Alumni                                                                                                      teaching young people in mainstream             satisfaction. The introduction of a unique
management level.                              Mentoring Programme has been                    Whatever your chosen path, I wish you
                                                                                               every success and the greatest of                                                            education who wanted to acquire                 two-year vocational language programme
                                               designed to help students make up their                                                                                                      additional languages to add to their CV’s       combining the study of two languages with
Lately, the refurbishment of ‘Richmond         minds about careers, and I hope you will        happiness. Please keep in touch and
                                                                                               come back to see us soon.                                                                    and improve their employability. Some, as       a business specialism will provide the
House’ has been completed, a large             spend a few moments to think about                                                                                                           you may recollect, were hesitant and            tourism industry with eminently employable
building we purchased in Newhall Street,       offering yourself as a mentor who can                                                                                                        reluctant linguists. This was a challenge       diplomats. Languages are no longer just
just 2 minutes from the College main           help students find out what a job in your       Nigel Moss
                                                                                                                                                                                            addressed by Cathy and the teaching team        an option, but a major element in an HND
building. This increases the College’s         industry is really like.                        Chair of the College Corporation                                                             by developing flexible provision, dedicated     combined studies programme. ¡Gracias,
                                                                                                                                                                                            learning environments and enjoyable             Cathy!
                                                                                                                                                                                            learning experiences.

                                                                                                                                            In 1987 Modern Languages Co-
                                                                                                                                                                                            The profile of the language division has
                                                                                                                                                                                            been transformed over the past decade.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Where Are
                                                                                                                                            ordinator Cathy Farmer made a
                                                                                                                                            career move which brought her the
                                                                                                                                                                                            Students can select from five modern
                                                                                                                                                                                            languages at a level appropriate to their
                                                                                                                                                                                            needs and Spanish has overtaken French
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             They Now?
                                                                                                                                            relatively short distance from the
                                                                                                                                            Brasshouse School of Languages in
                                                                                                                                            Brindleyplace, Birmingham, to the
                                                                                                                                                                                            as the most selected option. Dutch was
                                                                                                                                                                                            introduced to prepare students
                                                                                                                                                                                            participating on Erasmus exchanges to the
                                                                                                                                            Faculty of Hospitality Management               Netherlands. An exchange link with               Contempt, envy, contempt, envy, envy,
                                                                                                                                            in Summer Row. What was a small                 Barcelona has been operating since               ha ha ha, envy, contempt, envy.
                                                                                                                                            step for Cathy resulted in a giant              January 1989 giving students the
                                                                                                                                                                                            opportunity to study in Spain. Always            Of course, it was not with these base
                                                                                                                                            leap forward in languages provision                                                              emotions intruding, but in a spirit of
                                                                                                                                            at the College of Food.                         responsive to current international issues
                                                                                                                                                                                            affecting students, Cantonese students           benevolent philanthropy that you read
                                                                                                                                                                                            from Hong Kong were able to study                Where Are They Now? 2000, our round-
                                                                                                                                            Cathy’s appointment to a full time lecturing                                                     up of what over 400 ex-students had
                                                                                                                                            post in languages coincided with a period       Mandarin in preparation for the handover
                                                                                                                                                                                            to China. Overseas students are able to          been up to since leaving the College.
                                                                                                                                            of rapid expansion in the Higher Education                                                       Well, now the 2001 version is available.
                                                                                                                                            portfolio of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure   study English (EFL) and participate in
                                                                                                                                                                                            summer schools designed to develop               You can obtain your copy from the
                                                                                                                                            Management programmes on offer. For                                                              Alumni Office, or tick the box requesting
                                                                                                                                            such internationally focused training it was    linguistic and study skills.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             a copy on the enclosed update form, or
                                                                                                                                            essential that languages, if not an integral                                                     simply download a copy from the
                                                                                                                                            part of the programmes, were available to       Currently, Cathy heads a team of ten
                                                                                                                                                                                            young, talented linguists who teach about        College website. And if you would like
                                                                                                                                            students as highly recommended options.                                                          to star in the 2002 edition, just complete
                                                                                                                                                                                            600 Further and Higher Education students
                                                                                                                                                                                            in five specialist teaching laboratories and     the relevant part of the update form and
                                                                                                                                            In her previous role as Assistant Centre                                                         return it to us. Or bring us up to the date
above and below: the new hairdressing salons nearing completion                                                                             Head at the Brasshouse, Cathy’s tuition         workshops. And it is the knowledge that
                                                                                                                                                                                            many students gain their first post as a         through the online directory on our
                                                                                                                                            was mostly to mature adults studying                                                             website.
                                                                                                                                                                                            result of the competitive advantage that

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                                                 Making a Difference
                                                 in 1967 to help war-orphaned and                                                                                                                         Africa conjures up           around the world. Although the north of
                                                 abandoned children in Vietnam, and now                                                                                                                   Katharine Hepburn as a       the country was not directly affected by
                                                 works with children, refugees and other                                                                                                                  prim missionary drifting     the floods, Wendy is of course saddened
                                                 vulnerable people in eight of the poorest                                                                                                                down river in the African    by the plight of a country which was
                                                 and most isolated regions of the world.                                                                                                                  Queen. Wendy                 being viewed as a relative success story
Wendy in her office                              She didn’t get the administrative job, but                                                                                                               explains: “You have to       of southern Africa. Wendy witnessed
                                                 they did offer her the position of Country                                                                                                               be a Christian to work       many changes for the better in
                                                 Director for Mozambique, a country then                                                                                                                  for CORD, but there is       Mecanhelas - people building or
Wendy Jenkinson (HND HCIM                        taking its first steps on the road to                                                                                                                    no missionary element.       enlarging their houses, saving enough
1984) worked as Country Director                 recovery after a 17-year civil war.                                                                                                                      We show our Christianity     money to buy a bike, and cultivating their
for the charity CORD in                                                                                                                                                                                   through our work, how        fields.
Mozambique in Southern Africa                    Wendy was sent to Mecanhelas, a village                                                                                                                  we act and how people
from 1995-2000.                                  in the remote Niassa province in the far                                                                                                                 perceive us. We don’t        Now at home in Kenilworth, Wendy has
                                                 north of Mozambique, 20 miles from the                                                                                                                   go out and evangelise.”      no immediate plans to return to Africa.
                                                 border with Malawi, where thousands of                                                                                                                   Many of the locals           Although she recently visited Zambia,
Not all graduates from the College’s
                                                 refugees from the war were returning into                                                                                                                working for CORD were        where CORD is establishing a
longest-running course, the HND in Hotel,
                                                 the country.                                                                                                                                             Muslims - there is a         programme to assist refugees from the
Catering & Institutional Management,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          mosque in the village -      civil war in Angola, she is currently taking
progress into careers in the Hospitality
                                                 Though nominally a village, Mecanhelas                                                                                                                   and there was a              stock of her situation. “I feel a bit out of
trade. But most still find the practical
                                                 is a sprawling district capital of some                                                                                                                  sprinkling of Jehovah’s      the British way of life - everyone is PC
skills they have learned to be of use in
                                                 18,000 inhabitants spread over hundreds                                                                                                                  Witnesses.                   literate, and mobile phones are
their later life.
                                                 of miles of bush, some 12 hours by dirt                                                                                                                                               everywhere. Working in Africa has
                                                                                                                                                                                                            “My faith has deepened     changed me. I am more aware of how
So it has been for Wendy Jenkinson,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            since working for CORD.    materialistic the West is, and I have
who admits that, although she had a
                                                                                                                                                                                                            I witnessed many           realized that you do not need material
keen interest in catering when she arrived
                                                                                                                                                                                                            answers to prayer when     wealth to be happy.”
at the College in 1981, she had no
                                                                                                                                                                                                            we had difficulties.”
specific career ambition. And she quickly
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Difficulties like when a
became disillusioned by the long hours
                                                                                                                                                                                                            local worker died down
and short salary of her first position after                                                  ‘Ghost’ church surrounded by landmines
                                                                                                                                                                                                            a well. Wendy
leaving College. So she changed
                                                                                                                                                                                         represented the charity at the traditional
direction to become a programme                                                                                                             After a crash course in Portuguese,
                                                                                              road from the capital, Maputo. When                                                        African funeral, in front of 200 angry
administrator at a management training                                                                                                      Wendy set to work with a team of around
                                                                                              Wendy arrived the only water in the                                                        villagers who had never seen a
college in Oxford, where she worked for a                                                                                                   eight British and 350 Mozambican staff
                                                                                              village came from a well, the only                                                         white person before; and at the
number of years. But still she hankered                                                                                                     and an annual budget that rose to
                                                                                              electricity from a handful of small                                                        subsequent court proceedings,
for something more - “I had always                                                                                                          US$300,000, and it was here that she
                                                                                              generators. Mementoes of the war were                                                      a nine-month ordeal. The
wanted to work in Africa, to sample a                                                                                                       found many of the subjects that she had
                                                                                              still scattered around Mecanhelas -                                                        importance that Wendy had
different culture, a different way of living”.                                                                                              studied at the College of Food coming in
                                                                                              abandoned tanks and, more pertinently,                                                     attached to strong
                                                                                                                                            useful - accounting, financial and human     communications with local
Her chance came in 1995 when she                                                              unexploded landmines. CORD
                                                                                                                                            resource management, and                     organisations worked to her
attended an interview for an                                                                  collaborated with the Halo Trust, a British
                                                                                                                                            housekeeping.                                advantage at this time.
administrative position with CORD                                                             de-mining charity, to check that areas
                                                                                                                                            Wendy supervised many development
(Christian Outreach Relief &                                                                  were clear of mines before construction
                                                                                                                                            projects during her five years in the        With her interest in catering she
Development), a charity based in                                                              work could take place.
                                                                                                                                            village: the construction of three health    enjoyed sampling the staple foods
Leamington Spa. CORD was established                                                                                                        centres, the rehabilitation of 200           of the region, notably nsima, a type
                                                                                                                                            kilometres of roads, and the digging of 15   of maize porridge, and beans cooked
                                                                                                                                            wells in the village. A primary healthcare   with rice. She brought a chicken
                                                                                                                                            project was established, with an             back from the market once a week
                                                                                                                                            emphasis on promoting HIV and Aids           (memories of plucking and drawing
                                                                                                                                            awareness. More recently an agricultural     chickens while doing Food and
                                                                                                                                            development project has also been set in     Beverage Studies, if not actually
                                                                                                                                            train, encouraging farmers to improve the    killing them), but otherwise there
                                                                                                                                            efficiency of their farming methods and to   was no meat in the regional
                                                                                                                                            form co-operatives to enable them to buy     diet. Simultaneously the
                                                                                                                                            and sell at a better price. “CORD aims to    Mozambican chef became
                                                                                                                                            build up sustainable resources, working      adept at preparing vegetarian
                                                                                                                                            in partnership with local people and         lasagne, pizza and banana
                                                                                                                                            organizations”, says Wendy. “We do not       cake.
                                                                                                                                            have a love-you-and-leave-you
                                                                                                                                            approach.”                                   Wendy left Mozambique in
                                                                                                                                                                                         April 2000 just as the rains
                                                                                                                                            All this may come as a surprise to those     were starting that led to the
                                                                                                                                            for whom the thought of a Christian in       pictures of severe flooding seen

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              transition to teaching: “it’s what I’d been

Recipe for Success                                                                                                                                                                             Mike Robinson                  doing in the trade - teaching the people I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              was working with”. Mike remembers his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              four years in Stafford with complete
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              affection, but jumped at the opportunity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to join the College of Food in 1980.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Even back then it had a good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              reputation. Everything was bigger and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              better here. I told them I was prepared
                                        an extremely varied and interesting                                                                            FC: Where do you                                                       to teach anything but pastry.” So he
                                        twelve years. I worked for publishers                                                                          get your ideas from?                                                   joined the College staff, initially for one
                                        as a food stylist (that’s preparing all                                                                                                                                               afternoon a week, teaching pastry. After
                                        the props and backgrounds for the                                                                               NP: It’s a mixture of    As was then the custom, Mike                 six months Mike became a member of
                                        illustrations) for many books,                                                                                  everything really - we   Robinson left school in                      the full-time staff, since when he has
                                        including the Illustrated Escoffier                                                                             get inspiration from     Birmingham’s Summer Lane in the              taught food production to many
                                        and one of Linda McCartney’s                                                                                   our holidays, from                                                     hundreds of students, mostly at NVQ
                                                                                                                                                                                 first school holiday after his 15th
                                        books, and also for supermarkets,                                                                              eating out, from seeing                                                level. He feels strongly that preparing
                                        magazines, food companies and                                                                                  new ingredients in        birthday, at Easter 1958. He gave            food for real customers is valuable
                                        PR companies developing recipes                                                                               supermarkets and from      himself a few days off before                training for students - “it keeps you
                                        for promotional leaflets. One                                                                                 talking to people. Mix     starting work as a trainee chef in           focused” - and was a key figure, under
                                        memorable job was converting                                                                                 all these together and      the hotel trade, and 18 years later          Nigel Flood and along with John Jones,
                                        American recipes using Mars bars;                                                                            take into account the       he had a couple of weeks off                 in the opening of the Brasserie restaurant
                                        my family were in seventh heaven,                                                                           time of year the feature     between leaving the hotel trade              on the ground floor of the College. The
                                        but the novelty soon wore off and                                                                           will be published,           and starting his new career as a             Brasserie provided a more realistic
                                        it was a long time before any of                                                                            seasonal ingredients and     teacher, but apart from that,
                                        us could face eating another                                                                               food trends, and we
                                                                                                                                                                                 it’s been pretty solid
                                        Mars bar.                                                                                                  always fill our planning
                                                                                                                                                   schedules with interesting    cooking.
                                        FC: What does a typical day                                                                               ideas.
                                        involve?                                                                                                                                 Mike’s culinary odyssey started
                                                                                                                                                 FC: Who are your recipes        at the Queen’s Hotel on
                                        NP: It’s certainly exciting and                                                                          targeted at?                    Stephenson Street, one of many
                                        challenging - a department                                                                                                               hotels run by British Transport
                                        working to two different sets of                                                                          NP: Our aim is to provide      Hotels which were situated just
                                        deadlines (Bella and Bella                                                                               practical, easy to follow       around the corner from the
                                                                                                                                                 recipes suitable for a wide     provincial railway stations of
Nichola Palmer (formerly Wilkes)
                                                                                                                                                 age range and a wide            England. A year as a trainee
(Dip. Home Economics 1978)                                                                                                                                                       was followed by five years as an
works as Cookery                                                                                                                                mixture of abilities. I always
                                                                                                                                                have in mind a busy working      apprentice, which gave him a
Editor for Bella (one                                                                                                                                                            thorough grounding in all
                                                                                                                                                Mum or Dad who wants
of the UK’s top-selling                                                                                                                        quick tasty suppers during        aspects of kitchen work, and
weekly magazines for                                                                                                                           the week, might want              then two years as a larder chef
women) and Bella                                                                                                                              something a bit special            [a position which involves
Cookbook (a bi-monthly                                                                                                                        occasionally if they’re            working with cold food - making
recipe magazine                                                                                                                               entertaining and something         salads, preparing fish and poultry for       working
                                                                                                                                             simple now and again the kids       cooking]. The Queen’s Hotel made way         environment and offered a much wider
launched in Sept 1999).
                                                                                                                                             can try. We also like to            for the Pallasades shopping centre in        menu than had previously existed in the
First Class caught up                                                                                                                                                            1966, but Mike continued to make his
with Nichola and asked                                                                                                            encourage readers to try new ingredients                                                    College. Mike considers the
                                                                                                                                  and explore different ways to use them.        way up the traditional hierarchy of the      development of the Brasserie as the
her about her work.                                                                                Cookbook) is unique in                                                        kitchen (“one thing that hasn’t changed”)
                                                                                                                                  There is always a new generation of                                                         biggest single change in the College
                                                                                                   this business. Between                                                        - from larder chef, to sous-chef, to head
                                                                                                                                  people wanting to know the basics, as                                                       during his 20 years.
                                                                                                    my co-editor and myself                                                      chef - at the Plough and Harrow on the
                                                                                                                                  Delia has proved with her phenomenally
                                                                                                    we are responsible for                                                       Hagley Road in Edgbaston, a hotel with a
First Class: How did you get                                                                                                      successful How To Cook books.                                                               On the few occasions that he is not
                                                                                                    planning and                                                                 reputation for producing good food in
the job?                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cooking, Mike enjoys being at home in
                                                                                                     commissioning features,                                                     spite of fostering the cheffing careers of
                                                                                                                                  FC: You came back to the College for a                                                      Sutton Coldfield with his wife Pamela,
                                                                                                     briefing home                                                               College of Food stars Giovanni Di Vito
Nichola Palmer: I’ve worked in                                                                                                    reunion last summer. What was that like?                                                    and his children Joshua, 11, and Fern, 9.
                                                                                                      economists,                                                                and Tony Wright.
magazines or related areas                                                                                                                                                                                                    He enjoys watching Joshua playing
                                                                                                      photographers and
since I left College. I started at                                                                                                NP: We screeched and laughed like 18                                                        football, and eating out. His career at
                                                                                                       stylists, editing copy,                                                   It was at the Plough and Harrow that Mike
Woman’s Own magazine as the                                                                                                       year olds. At dinner we went round the                                                      College has enabled him to satisfy his
                                                                                                       reading proofs and                                                        met Billy Stafford, who was working as a
office junior testing recipes and                                                                                                 table and each one of us said what we’d                                                     love of travel, having taken him to
                                                                                                        liasing with recipe                                                      sauce chef. Billy had been a student at
assisting on photo sessions. I                                                                                                    done since leaving College and what an                                                      Argentina, the USA, Ireland, Spain,
                                                                                                         testers, to name just                                                   the College of Food, and he soon left the
then moved on to TV Times,                                                                                                        amazingly diverse bunch we were. I can’t                                                    France, and Italy.
                                                                                                          the basics. On top of                                                  Plough and Harrow to return to the
organising and preparing food for                                                                                                 claim to be the one who married a pig
                                                                                                           that we meet with PR                                                  College as a teacher, but a small seed
celebrity features. After three years                                                                                             farmer in Canada or the one who went to                                                     Having left school armed with just a
                                                                                                            workers who wish to                                                  had been sowed in Mike’s head. “After
I decided to go to the other side of                                                                                              work in South Africa after College but I                                                    General Certificate of Education, Mike
                                                                                                            promote their                                                        eight years as head chef I was getting a
the media fence and joined a PR                                                                                                   could talk proudly about my career in the                                                   identifies strongly with many of the
                                                                                                            products, and talk                                                   bit stale - I needed a new challenge.”
company as their in-house home                                                                                                    magazine business.                                                                          students that he has taught over the
                                                                                                             to readers who                                                      That came when he saw an
economist promoting their food                                                                                                                                                                                                years, and he gets a lot of pleasure out
                                                                                                              may have a                                                         advertisement for a temporary teaching
clients via recipe development and                                                                                                                                                                                            of working with them: “Young people
                                                                                                              problem with a                                                     position at Stafford College. Though he
food photography. Having                                                                                                                                                                                                      keep you young - the more you mix with
                                                                                                              recipe or want to                                                  knew he was taking a risk giving up his
established myself in the industry I                                                                                                                                                                                          them, the better. It’s just that the age
                                                                                         know where they can get a                                                               secure career for a temporary post, he
decided to become freelance and had                                                                                                                                                                                           gap between them and me keeps getting
                                                                                  particular ingredient.                                                                         was confident that he could make the         bigger.”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the distillery), but on the whole it’s pretty

Whisky Galore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    good. As with many rural communities,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Islay offers friendliness in abundance. It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    is safe and secure - a wonderful place for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bringing up children. (At the time of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    writing I am awaiting the birth of our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    second child.) When we first arrived here
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    we were chastised for locking our car; we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    don’t lock our houses, and there is a nice
Jackie Thomson (BA Tourism                      tourism’ I found myself absorbed in           industry has an increasingly important
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sense of belonging.
Business Management 1996) is the                research and used the College library to      role to play in the island’s economy; there
                                                complete what must have been a                is little to keep the young people on the
manager of the Visitor Information                                                                                                                                                                                                  On the flip side, there isn’t an abundance
                                                reasonable presentation, because I got        island, as the decline in population from
Centre at Ardbeg whisky distillery                                                                                                                                                                                                  of shops, particularly food shops, on the
                                                the job!                                      10,000 a hundred years ago indicates.
on the Hebridean island of Islay.                                                                                                                                                                                                   island. If I didn’t work I would perhaps
Her husband Stuart is the                                                                                                                                                                                                           find it much more difficult to live here.
                                                It was through the distillery that I met      The Ardbeg distillery re-opened in 1997
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You do occasionally feel very far removed
distillery’s production manager.                Stuart, who was working as assistant          employing nine full-time production staff.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    from family and friends. Mind you, it’s
Jackie told First Class a little about          manager at Glenmorangie’s sister              The Visitor Centre opened in May 1998
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    quite nice that any corporate visitors or
their life and work.                            distillery at Glen Moray on Speyside. We      and employs about 14 staff in the height
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    people from head office have to come
                                                met in August 1996 and married in May         of summer. Small, but perfectly formed!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    across on a flight and don’t just appear
                                                1997. The position at Glenmorangie            £750,000 was spent on refurbishing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    on the doorstep. Islay lies in the Gulf
                                                turned out to be just the job I had been      old malt barns of the building and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stream, and so the weather is always
                                                looking for, incorporating all the elements   incorporating the Old Kiln Café within the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pretty good. Our wee boy Robbie is 21/2,
                                                of my degree course - adhering to             building. By installing an attractive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and his first words are all to do with the
                                                budgets, achieving visitor targets,           restaurant within the visitor experience we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    making of whisky. He loves living here
                                                analysing the trends in Scottish tourism,     gave ourselves a unique selling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and, as long as he’s happy, we’re happy.
                                                utilising my language skills, but mainly      proposition (no other distillery on the
                                                keeping the visitors happy. In July 1997      island has such a facility). Our hope was
                                                Glenmorangie plc acquired another             that with all the distilleries to visit on the
                                                distillery - Ardbeg, a famous distillery on   island we would ‘capture the visitor’ and
                                                                                                                                               The staff at Ardbeg, including Jackie, second from left, and Stuart, top of stairs
                                                the island of Islay which had been in a       encourage them to return again and
                                                mothballed state since being closed in        again. Incidentally the restaurant has
                                                1981. The company wanted Stuart and           proved extremely successful not only with
                                                me to move to Islay to re-establish           visitors to the island, but also with local
                                                                                                                                               visitor should enjoy their visit, and want to
                                                Ardbeg by getting production up and           people.
                                                                                                                                               buy Ardbeg whisky in the future.
                                                running (Stuart’s difficult task) and by
                                                constructing a new visitor centre.            According to the Rough Guide to
                                                                                                                                               Over one million visitors pass through
                                                                                              Scotland, “most distilleries have a highly
                                                                                                                                               distilleries in Scotland each year, and
In March 1996 I went north to my home           Islay, in the Inner Hebrides on Scotland’s    developed nose for PR and offer free
                                                                                                                                               each one has (or should have) a unique
town of Inverness for a friend’s birthday       west coast, is only 18 miles square but       tours that range from slick and
                                                                                                                                               product to offer the visitor. At the
party and saw the advertisement for the         attracts tourists for many different          streamlined to small and friendly.”
                                                                                                                                               Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain the
position of Visitor Centre Manager at           pursuits including the family holiday         Ardbeg is a very traditional distillery, and
                                                                                                                                               emphasis was more on the volume of
Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain [on               (beaches and the outdoors), golf, fishing,    slick and streamlined we are not. Well-
                                                                                                                                               visitors passing through (the distillery lies
Scotland’s north-east coast] in the local       shooting, archaeology, sailing and, of        informed, friendly guides take our visitors
                                                                                                                                               on the A9, the main tourist route to the
paper. I applied and was asked to attend        course, the single malt whisky industry. It   on a tour of the distillery - a technical tour
                                                                                                                                               north of Scotland). At Ardbeg the
a first interview, at which my course at        has seven single malt distilleries gracing    or just a really good crack, according to
                                                                                                                                               emphasis is more on the quality of the
BCFTCS was discussed in great detail. I         its shores, and for enthusiasts is ‘the       the visitor’s preferences. It’s all about
                                                                                                                                               visitor coming through the door (being an
managed to secure a second interview            ultimate’ destination. Names such as          being real and true. I have, on occasion,
                                                                                                                                               island we require a reasonably long-term
(down to 6 applicants out of an original        Bowmore, Laphroaig and Lagavulin are          called the Visitor Centre a hotbed of
                                                                                                                                               commitment from a visitor to come to the
160), which required me to give a 15-           renowned the world over, and its              organised chaos in the height of the
                                                                                                                                               island, and we want them to return).
minute presentation entitled ‘The ethos of      population of 3,000 trebles during the        summer, when we are doing 120 lunch
Glenmorangie’. Having known precious            summer season. With fishing and               covers and five tours of 30 visitors in a
                                                                                                                                               2000 has been a difficult year for the
little about the distillery or indeed ‘whisky   agriculture on the wane, the tourism          day. The most important thing is that the
                                                                                                                                               Scottish tourism industry, particularly on
                                                                                                                                               the mainland in places which rely on
                                                                                                                                               passing trade. The strong pound has put
                                                                                                                                               off many foreign tourists, the
                                                                                                                                               unpredictability of the weather continues
                                                                                                                                               to be a negative for the industry, and
                                                                                                                                               numbers have dropped significantly. I am
                                                                                                                                               pleased to say that we have not suffered
                                                                                                                                               as greatly as some, probably due to the
                                                                                                                                               fact that we are relying on visitors with a
                                                                                                                                               vested interest in the single malt whisky
                                                                                                                                               industry booking well in advance to come
                                                                                                                                               to Islay.

                                                                                                                                               Stuart and I are so lucky to have been
                                                                                                                                               given the opportunity to resurrect the
                                                                                                                                               distillery and to be involved in all that
                                                                                                                                               goes with it. Occasionally we get on
                                                                                                                                               each other’s nerves, and we can’t help
                                                                                                                                               but bring our work home with us
                                                                                                                                               (considering we only live 100 yards from
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                                                                                          it or to become long-term lessees. At this       side of the business, and runs the bakery

Breadwinner                                                                               point a stroke of good fortune and Max’s
                                                                                          ability to turn his hand to anything
                                                                                          combined to lead Max and Diane to their
                                                                                          current situation: while at the Mitre Oak
                                                                                          Max had bought his bread from a baker
                                                                                          in Ombersley, who now retired, just as a
                                                                                                                                           shop, which stays open till six o’clock,
                                                                                                                                           staffed by two ladies from the village.
                                                                                                                                           Any bread leftover at the end of the day
                                                                                                                                           will go to make bread crumbs, which can
                                                                                                                                           be sold or put into syrup tarts or bread
                                                                                                                                           pudding. Max also has an arrangement
                                                                                                                                                                                         Too Good To Eat
                                                                                                                                                                                         Kumiko Mizuno travelled to Birmingham
                                                                                                                                                                                         from her native Japan in 1998 with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         work, an owl prepared for the Hotelympia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         exhibition at Earls Court, London, in
                                                                                          number of unsuccessful job interviews            with a local swan sanctuary - “I hate         degree in Economics to learn the art of         January 2001, is no more than six inches
                                                                                          were giving Max the impression that he           waste”.                                       baking. After completing an NVQ Level 2         high, but took her a full week of
                                                                                          was “on the scrapheap at 40”. Max                                                              Craft Diploma in Bakery last year, she          painstaking work to complete. Last year
                                                                                          stepped into the vacuum, and became                                                            moved on to study for an NVQ Level 3 in         the quality of her work was recognised
                                                                                          Ombersley’s new village baker.                                                                 Patisserie Confectionery. She has found         with the award of a City & Guilds Bronze
                                                                                                                                                                                         the creative opportunities afforded by          Medal for Excellence.
                                                                                          So six days a week Max gets up at                                                              working with chocolate and sugar icing
                                                                                          2:30am, and bakes bread with a                                                                 particularly rewarding, and has brought         While not studying, Kumiko has worked
                                                                                          colleague, Mike, until 8:30am: 60% white                                                       the traditional Japanese artistic qualities     part-time for the West Midlands patisserie
                                                                                          bread, 20% brown, 20% granary. He will                                                         of patience and attention to detail to bear     chain Drucker’s, adding decorative
                                                                                          bake organic bread, tomato bread or                                                            on a string of small creations which have       touches of the ‘Happy Birthday’ variety to
                                                                                          other specialist breads on request for                                                         quickly earned her a big reputation. One        their confectionery. In the long-term, she
                                                                                          individual customers, and will also burn a                                                     of these was a pair of chocolate shoes          aims to open a cake shop back in Japan,
                                                                                          few loaves, for those who like their white                                                     filled with flowers which she presented to      where she will be able to pass on her
                                                                                          bread black. Three-quarters of the bread                                                       the Princess Royal on her visit to the          cake decoration and chocolate skills.
                                                                                          baked is sold off the premises, so at 6                                                        College in February 2000. Her latest
                                                                                          o’clock another member of staff arrives to
                                                                                          pack the goods for delivery. Most of
                                                                                          these are giant loaves destined for
                                                                                          sandwich shops (one caravan, in a lay-by
                                                                                          just down the road, gets through 150             In spite of the many column inches of our
                                                                                          loaves per week). After 8.30am, while            newspapers dedicated to the increasing
                                                                                          Mike goes out on delivery, Max bakes on,         sophistication of the British palate, Max
                                                                                          preparing cakes such as doughnuts,               has noticed little change in taste in the
                                                                                          éclairs and Chelsea buns. These are sold         Ombersley palate in the last eleven years.
                                                                                          in the shop only, as the expense of              There has been a slight increase in the
Diane Seivewright outside the bakery shop                                                 conforming to the legal requirements of          sale of granary bread, perhaps due to the
                                                                                          packaging the cakes, listing the                 public’s desire for roughage, but the main
                                                                                          ingredients and date-stamping them does          change has been in the variety of shapes
Considering that the village shop is          those days even the sugar lumps had to      not make selling them outside cost-              of loaf that Max offers - bloomers,
supposed to have been killed off              be counted out and counted back in          effective. “The stupid part is I don’t have      Coburg, cottage, etc. “If I had it my own
                                              again at each function.                     to provide any details in the shop”, notes       way, I would bake only bread, and then
by the supermarkets, the village of
                                                                                          Max, whose greatest professional                 I’d be able to offer more specialist
Ombersley near Droitwich in                                                               frustration, like many small business            breads, but my wife won’t let me.” He
                                              By now Max had met his wife Diane, and
Worcestershire isn’t doing too                                                            owners, is the amount of time and energy         does not find customers more
                                              together they moved into the hotel trade,
badly. Everton’s delicatessen has                                                                               consumed by red            demanding today - the nation may be
a cheese counter famous                                                                                         tape.                      learning to complain, but perhaps we are
throughout the county, while                                                                                                               more ready to complain to a stranger in
Checkett’s butchers next door                                                                                   By noon the baking         the big supermarket than to our friends
enjoys a similarly high reputation.                                                                             is finished, except in     and neighbours in the local shop. “80
And then there’s the village bakery,                                                                            December, when             per cent of our customers are known to
                                                                                                                Max is baking mince        my wife and the two girls.”
exotically named The Bakery, run
                                                                                                                pies until the middle
by Max Seivewright (National
Diploma HCIO 1968), who also isn’t
doing too badly, considering that
he is one of the College’s earliest
alumni, gets by on just five hours
                                                                                                                of the afternoon - six
                                                                                                                and a half thousand
                                                                                                                this year, all rolled by
                                                                                                                hand. Lunchtime
                                                                                                                trade in the bakery is
                                                                                                                                           On the subject of supermarkets, Max is
                                                                                                                                           dismissive of the quality of supermarket
                                                                                                                                           bread: “Although they talk about in-house
                                                                                                                                           bakeries, they don’t really make it on the
                                                                                                                                           premises. They buy a part-cooked
                                                                                                                                                                                         A Helping Hand
                                                                                                                                                                                         The Alumni Mentoring Programme was              the programme: “I am interested in a
sleep a night, and never trained to                                                                             particularly brisk -       mixture, and just finish it off on site so
                                                                                                                                                                                         launched in September 2000, and has             career in Conference or Events
be a baker.                                                                                                     the shop’s pork bap        that they have the smell - that’s what they
                                                                                                                                                                                         already paired several students with ex-        Management, and have met with two
                                                                                                                (“proper pork,             want.” He believes that convenience and
                                                                                                                                                                                         students (‘mentors’) who are now                former students of the College who are
After leaving College, which was then                                                                           proper apple sauce,        quality are the main reasons for buying
                                                                                                                                                                                         established in the career field that the        now working in that field. The
located in Brasshouse Passage, off Broad                                                                        proper stuffing and        from the village bakery rather than the
                                                                                                                                                                                         student is interested in moving into upon       opportunity to meet people in the
Street, Max spent two years working as a      Max at work                                                       gravy”) has made           superstore. Nevertheless, Max believes
                                                                                                                                                                                         leaving College. A mentoring pairing            profession is really valuable to a student
trainee chef at the Hilton Hotel in London,                                                                     Ombersley a popular        that “in-house bakers will eventually see
                                                                                                                                                                                         gives a student the opportunity to find out     like me, as it gives me more of an insight
an experience that he describes as a          running pubs in Bridgnorth, the Malvern                           stopping-off point         the small baker off. And when I snuff it,
                                                                                                                                                                                         what life is really like in the profession to   into the work than my academic study
“good basis”. He then became the              Hills and Ledbury before settling into an   with the passing lorry trade on the busy         that’ll be it - there’ll be no bread shop.
                                                                                                                                                                                         which they aspire and perhaps to                alone can do.”
catering manager at Wolverhampton Civic       18-year tenancy of the Mitre Oak in         A449 dual-carriageway. Home-made                 It’s not the sort of thing that gets passed
                                                                                                                                                                                         experience the working environment for
Hall, cooking lunch for the mayor and         Crossway Green (a short hop up the          quiche and pizza are also sold, but no           on.” A shame, perhaps, but that would
                                                                                                                                                                                         themselves.                                     As the Alumni Mentoring Programme
catering at functions held in the hall. He    A449 from Ombersley). Max also found        meat pies - “the regulations are a               leave a situation vacant in Ombersley for
                                                                                          nightmare”.                                      the right person. Ability to get up at                                                        develops, so we will need more mentors.
recalls the time as “depressing and           the time to fit in a spot of teaching at                                                                                                   One of the first students to participate in
                                                                                                                                           2.30am an advantage. No baking                                                                If you are interested in registering as a
frustrating - the mayor only ever wanted      Halesowen College during this time. This                                                                                                   the Mentoring Programme was Melanie
                                                                                          In the afternoon Max may go to the cash          experience necessary. Max’s view: “If                                                         mentor, or would just like some more
to eat roast beef and apple pie”. Here        happy period came to a devastating end                                                                                                     Carr, a student on the final year of the BA
                                                                                          and carry to buy in baking ingredients.          you want to do something and you work                                                         information about the programme, please
too, bureaucracy was rampant -                when the brewery closed the pub without                                                                                                    Hospitality Business Management
                                                                                          His wife Diane takes care of the financial       hard enough at it you will succeed.”                                                          contact the Alumni Office.
“Everything had to be in triplicate.” In      offering them the opportunity to purchase                                                                                                  programme. She is full of enthusiasm for

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                                                                                                                                                                                                             Jenny Worsley

                                                                                                                                                Scissors,                                      New Perspective
 Do It Yourself
                                              dinner on the Titanic and an evening in
                                              Venice. The Cap & Gown is open most of
                                              the year, and offers good value cooking in

 Reunions                                     a relaxed pub-style atmosphere.                Make it a date in your diary!
                                                                                             The College of Food is planning a grand
                                              If you left the College in 1971, 1976, 1981,   reunion for all former students of the
 It’s easy! Meet up and exchange news         1986 or 1991, then 2001 marks a                College. Come and join us and take a tour
 with your old College friends by arranging   significant anniversary of your leaving. So                                                       Joshua Smith always wanted to cut hair.
                                                                                             of the building and our exciting new facilities
 a get-together here at the College of Food   what better time to arrange a reunion?         - halls of residence, competition standard
 in our Cap & Gown restaurant or at one of    We can help to put you in touch with your                                                         After leaving College with an NVQ level 2
                                                                                             kitchens, fantastic new hair, beauty and
 our themed dinner evenings.                  old friends, and we’ll also lay on a brief                                                        in hairdressing in 1996, he worked in
                                                                                             therapy salons, specialist early years IT
                                              tour of the building before your meal, so                                                         various Birmingham salons before
                                                                                             suites; see how your course is taught today;
 Our popular themed dinners are held          you can see how the old place has                                                                 landing a position with the hairdressing
                                                                                             join in food and wine tasting sessions; have
 several times throughout the year, but       changed. It couldn’t be simpler. And if                                                           company Steiner through a recruitment
                                                                                             a relaxing massage; and take a tour of the
 especially around February and               you book a table of 8 guests or more,                                                             day at the College. Steiner have salons
                                                                                             revitalized Birmingham city centre and its
 November time. Run by final-year degree      we’ll throw in a discount equal to a couple                                                       on board many of the world’s leading
                                                                                             new attractions, and more. The day will
 and HND students, they offer good,           of bottles of wine with our compliments.                                                          cruise liners, and Joshua has plied his
                                                                                             finish with dinner and entertainment. It’s a
 simple food at a great price (usually                                                                                                          trade throughout Europe, North America,
                                                                                             great chance for you to get together with
 around £15 per head). Themes of past         Interested? Contact the Alumni Office for                                                         Central America and the Caribbean. “You
                                                                                             your old friends and make some new ones.
 events have included a Caribbean night,      more details.                                                                                     name it, I’ve cut it”. Heads he’s had the
                                                                                             More details will follow but, for now, just note
                                                                                             the date: Saturday 04 May 2002.
                                                                                                                                                pleasure to know have included an Arab         Jenny Worsley was one of the first           when she returned to study: “The
                                                                                                                                                princess on the QE2, and even - gasp -         students to graduate from the                teachers gave me the direction - you
                                                                                                                                                one of the Osmond Brothers (Joshua is          newly-created BA in Professional             need to be open-minded about the
                                                                                                                                                unsure which, but he’s got grey hair if        Studies in Childcare in the                  opportunities available.” She firmly
                                                                                             The day included a tour of the College’s

She did it herself
                                                                                                                                                that’s any help).                                                                           believes that the range of childcare
                                                                                             newest halls of residence, the Maltings,                                                          summer of 2000. She is now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            qualifications offered at the College
                                                                                             and a buffet lunch followed by a tour of                                                          teaching at the College. A mature            opens doors for determined students:
                                                                                             the Summer Row building. Many of the                                                              student, she made the decision to            “With the NVQ you can work as a school
                                                                                             ex-students remembered the old halls of                                                           return to study while working on a           classroom assistant or learning support
                                                                                             residence on the top two floors of the                                                            voluntary basis at her children’s            assistant, or as an integration assistant
                                                                                             building, and could even pick out the                                                             playgroup.                                   helping children with special needs or
                                                                                             rooms they had lived in during their first                                                                                                     learning difficulties. A Higher National
                                                                                             year at College. Trish Wilson                                                                     Jenny, who became a mum a year after         qualification takes you deeper into your
                                                                                             commented, “Many of the lecture rooms                                                             her A-levels, joined the NVQ Early Years     subject area, and enables you to go into
                                                                                             had changed beyond recognition, but we                                                            Care & Education course in 1996 after a      a specialized area such as social work or
                                                                                             all remembered the steep lecture theatre.                                                         career break in which she attended to        working for a charity. With the BA you
                                                                                             I particularly remember a talk from                                                               the small matter of bringing up three        can take on a managerial role, or move
                                                                                             Patricia Dunbar, Head Home Economist                                                              sons and two daughters. In the next four     into speech therapy or physiotherapy; or
                                                                                             from Cadburys. And who could forget                                                               years she proceeded via the Advanced         you can study for one more year for a
                                                                                             the cookery demonstration rooms where                                                             Diploma in Childcare and Education           PGCE to qualify as a teacher.”
                                                                                             many a disaster occurred? Like the time            If all this glamour and USA-style tipping      (ADCE) to the BA programme.
                                                                                             Helen Spendlove and Carol Livingston               sounds like an easy life, Joshua is keen                                                    Though she admits that juggling the
                                                                                             were demonstrating peppermint creams               to emphasise the hard work involved in         Jenny was apprehensive about returning       demands of full-time study, a husband
                                                                                             to an audience from outside the College            cutting hair on ship: “The days are very       to study, but found the College’s learning   and five children can be “very stressful”,
                                                                                             and they knocked over the catering size            long - sometimes 12 to 16 hours a day,         environment very supportive. “There are      Jenny is full of enthusiasm for the
                                                                                             bottle of green food colouring.”                   and you’ve got to stay focused all the         lots of opportunities here for mature        rewards: “It gives you a different outlook
                                                                                                                                                time. Most cruises last for a week, in         students. The ADCE has now been              on life, a new perspective. I’m not just a
                                                                                             In the evening the group met for dinner            which you might get only half a day off.”      replaced by the HNC in Early Childhood       housewife and mother any longer.” But
Helen Holmes (centre, with designer label shopping bag) with colleagues and college staff    and further reminiscences at the Thistle           Customers can be very demanding too,                                                        how does she cope? “It’s about effective
                                                                                                                                                                                               Studies, which you can attend on a part-
                                                                                             Hotel in Edgbaston. Everyone had                   but “if you know your stuff, it’s easy for     time basis. And not many institutions        time management, to be perfectly honest,
                                                                                             brought photos and memorabilia from                you. The preparation I got at the College      give you the chance to go on to study at     working out when I will have spare time
On one of the few hot summer                  The event was organised by Helen               College days, including old textbooks              was excellent - I was told the harsh reality   degree level”. Jenny found her               to do things, and allocating the time to
days of 2000, fourteen alumnae of             Holmes (née Spendlove), who said: “My          such as The Fine Art of Cooking and                of what life was really like on board ship,    classmates really helpful too: “Even         my studies.”
Birmingham College of Food and                only disappointment was that none of the       Food Science and a nylon blue and white            so I knew what to expect.”                     though I was the oldest student on the
Domestic Arts, as it was then                 surviving tutors from 1978 could attend        check overall that was the ‘uniform’ when                                                         BA, and was a newcomer, while they had       Of her new role as a teacher Jenny says:
                                              the event. Regrettably Mrs Paxton, Mrs         cooking. Everyone retired to bed after a
called, returned to the College for a                                                                                                           Joshua, whose main tip for survival in a       all progressed from the HND together,        “I really enjoy it - I can see the students’
                                              Turrell and Mrs Walker have since passed       thoroughly exciting day of reminiscing
reunion.                                                                                                                                        predominantly female environment is to         they were all very supportive and helped     perspective and also the teacher’s.” She
                                              away. Other ex-tutors such as Mrs Crabb        and catching up with old friends.                  “listen, but don’t speak”, plans to open       me to feel confident. I received so much     would urge anybody who is thinking of
                                              (Miss Elizabeth Murphy), Mrs Mary
They had all studied on the Diploma in                                                                                                          his own salon in the future, but not yet:      support here that I never wanted to go       returning to study to take the plunge: “10
                                              Elkerton, Mrs Huddlestone, Mrs Kate            Helen Holmes said: “I would like to make
Home Economics from 1975 to 1978, and                                                                                                           “there’s too much to see”. After three         anywhere else.”                              years ago there was a limit to what you
                                              Garratt, Mr Sherwood, Mrs Norton and           it a more regular event - so keep an eye
had travelled from all over the country to                                                                                                      years on the cruise ships, he’s off to                                                      could study. But now it’s expanded so
                                              Mrs Page were all unable to attend.”           out for details of the next reunion in a few
attend. One, Trish Wilson, had flown in                                                                                                         Australia in pursuit of warm weather and       Jenny admits that she was unsure about       much, there is such a wide variety of
from San Antonio in Texas.                                                                   years time.”                                       a new salon experience.                        what direction her career might take         courses.”

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                                                  Business and Marketing
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                                                                                                                                                      Creative Studies Alumni Society now has
                                                                                                                                                      international secretaries in 12 countries.
                                                                                                                                                      Why not get in touch with yours?
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                                                                                                     cooking dishes from around the world)                                                                  Dave Luke and Jane Smith will be making a brief
                                                  HND/HNC                                            Cake Decoration (basic and                       CANADA                                                                                                         If you have tried to get your name
skills whilst working.                                                                               intermediate)                                    Andrew Parker, 6538 Thornberry Crescent,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            visit to Hong Kong in early May, and would be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and e-mail address on the Alumni
                                                  Business and Personnel                                                                                                                                    glad to meet any former students while they are
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What can you                                      Beauty Therapy
                                                                                                     and 2)                                           (e-mail:                     visit, please contact the Alumni Office.                 18 months, you will have noticed that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     we are experiencing some teething
offer?                                            Early Childhood Studies
                                                                                                                                                      Constantinos Arsalides,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Roula Joubran, P Box 9556, 31095 Haifa, (e-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     problems of a technological nature
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     which have resulted in a delay in
                                                  HND/HNC                                                                                             30 Vosporos Street, Strovolos 2060                    mail:                               your details appearing. Well, our IT
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                                                                                                     National Licensees Certificate                                                                                                                                  staff have been working around the
People asking this question are often surprised   BA                                                 Wine and Spirit Education Trust                                                                        MALAYSIA                                                 sundial to rectify the problems, and
to discover that over 50% of our students are         Foundation Degree for Learning Support         Certificate                                      EIRE                                                  Kenny Goh, 24, 10/38A, Taman Sri Sinar, 51200
mature students doing exactly that - updating         Professionals (subject to validation)          Wine and Spirit Education Trust                  Eastern Ireland: Patricia Morris. Apartment 33,                                                                we rather optimistically pledge the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kuala Lumpur,
their skills and qualifications on part-time                                                         (Higher Certificate)                             Spencer House, Custom House Square, Mayor             (e-mail:                             following:
programmes here at the College, while             Managing Health & Social Care                                                                       Street
continuing with their jobs.                       HNC                                                                                                 (I.F.S.C.), Dublin 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                            NORWAY                                                   a) if you have sent us your details,
                                                                                                                                                      (e-mail: and Justin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and have a look now, you will find
Having the opportunity to study part-time is a                                                       Food Hygiene and Safety                          White & Ken Southern, c/o 94 Harcourt Green,          Ragnhild Lium, Frysjaveien 3, N-0883 Oslo (e-mail:
deciding factor for many. They may do it in       Postgraduate Programmes                                                                             Dublin 2                                                                              your name on the directory;
partnership with their employer or simply want                                                       Basic Food Hygiene (one day course:              (e-mail:
to allow time to do other things.                                                                    last Wednesday of every month)                   Western Ireland: Jonathan Goodwin, 90 Foxfield,
                                                  These programmes work on a modular                                                                                                                        PORTUGAL                                                 b) if you haven’t yet sent us your
                                                  structure, and so they are suitable for full-          CIEH Intermediate Certificate in             Dooradoyle, Limerick, Co. Limerick (e-mail:           Carina Costa, Rua Capitao Humberto Ataide, No.              details, we will put them on to the
If you have already got an HND you can now        or part-time study.                                    Food Hygiene and Safety            
apply for the final stage of a degree                                                                                                                                                                       1, 2-Frente, Sta.                                           directory within a week of
                                                                                                         Hazard Analysis Critical Control                                                                   Engracia, Lisboa
programme, which can be completed over 2          MA / Postgraduate Certificate Hospitality              Point (HACCP)                                Dave Luke, Michelle Callanan and other College                                                                    receiving them.
years part-time or 1 year full-time.              Management (suitable for those with                                                                                                                       (e-mail:
                                                                                                         Advanced Food Hygiene                        lecturers will be visiting Dublin and Cork in early
                                                  hospitality industry experience)                                                                    April, and would be very pleased to see any old
The HNC programmes are particularly suitable
                                                  MSc Hospitality Management (suitable for           HACCP is a legal qualification for butchers      students of the College. For details of their         THAILAND
for those who already have an NVQ or GNVQ,                                                           which looks at developing a formal system for    itinerary, please contact the Alumni Office.          Sakchai Pinpetch, 33/1 Paholyothin 44, Jatujak,
want to study part-time and currently work in     those without a hospitality industry
either the food, hospitality, tourism, beauty
therapy, childcare or customer care industries.
                                                  MA / Postgraduate Diploma Tourism
                                                                                                     managing food safety within a food business.

                                                                                                     Advanced Food Hygiene is a qualification         GHANA
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bangkok 10900
                                                                                                                                                                                                            (e-mail:                          Jackie Chan,
                                                  Business Administration                            designed for those seeking to train others.      Benito Owusu-Bio, Hotel Georgia Ltd., No. 12          Dave Luke and Jane Smith will be making a brief

HNC, HND and
                                                  MA / Postgraduate Diploma Adventure
                                                  Tourism Management
                                                                                                     The course provides a practical and in-depth
                                                                                                     knowledge of food hygiene and includes,
                                                                                                                                                      Patrice Lumumba Road, Roman Ridge, Accra, P
                                                                                                                                                      Box CT 4515
                                                                                                                                                                                                   .O.      visit to Bangkok in early May, and would be
                                                                                                                                                                                                            delighted to meet any former students while they         BCFTCS and
                                                                                                     among other topics, legislation, pest control,                                                         are there. For information about the exact date of
Degree Programmes:
HNC = Higher National Certificate                 Part-Time Vocational
                                                                                                     training HACCP and quality control.
                                                                                                                                                      Theodore Constantinou, Messinias 1, 15234
                                                                                                                                                                                                            their visit, please contact the Alumni Office.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hong Kong
(part-time study)                                                                                                                                                                                           TUNISIA
                                                  Programmes                                         Childcare
                                                                                                                                                      Xalandri,                                             Taieb Joulak, 13 Av. Ammar Ibn Yasser,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     What have Hong Kong heartthrob and
HND = Higher National Diploma                                                                                                                         (e-mail: or                         El Menzah 6, Tunis 1004
(full-time study)                                 All of these programmes are taught one day a                                                                                   (e-mail:                              action movie adventurer Jackie Chan
                                                                                                     Certificate for Literacy and Numeracy
                                                  week for one to three years:                       Support Assistants (CLANSA)                                                                                                                                     and the College of Food got in
Food and Consumer Management                                                                                                                          Beverley McMahon and Sylvia Fellows will be
BSc/HND/HNC                                                                                                                                           visiting the Astir Hotel in Patras on May 3rd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     common? They both appeared at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            If the country you live in isn’t in the list above, it
                                                                                                                                                      2001, and the Hilton hotel in Athens on May           means that we do not have an international
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hong Kong Exhibition and Conference
Food and Retail Management
BA/HND/HNC                                        NVQ levels 1, 2, 3 in:                                                                              5th and 6th, to represent the College at the          secretary for your country. If you’re interested,        Centre together. OK, so ‘together’ is a
                                                                                                     Beauty Therapy                                   British Council’s Education UK fair - if you are      consider yourself headhunted. The salary’s not           little misleading, but we did share the
Hospitality Business Management                   Chef Catering                                                                                       a former student in Greece, they would be             great but, hey, the glamour. Our contact details         same stage....albeit not at the same
BA/HND/HNC                                        Restaurant Service                                 Introduction to Aromatherapy                     delighted to see you.                                 are on the back page.                                    time.
Professional Culinary Arts                        Bakery                                             (VAI, IIHHT)
HND/HNC                                           Cake Decoration                                    Diploma in Aromatherapy
                                                  Early Years Childcare and Education                    Reflexology                                                                                                                                                 The occasion was the College’s recent
Licensed Retail Management                        Care (level 2 & 3 only)                                Indian Head Massage
BA/HND                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               International Awards Congregation,
                                                  For the latest prospectus or for further
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     held in Hong Kong in January 2001.
   Foundation Degree for Licensed Retail
   Professionals (subject to validation)          information please contact the Marketing                                                                                                                                                                           The ceremony helps the many Hong
                                                  Unit on (0121) 693 5959 or by e-mail at            Travel & Tourism                                                                                                                                                Kong students who study with the
Hospitality and Tourism Management      , or visit the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     College, both in the UK and in Hong
                                                  College website -                Galileo First Class
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Kong, to celebrate with their friends
Hospitality and Food Management                                                                      BA Fares and Ticketing Level 1
BA/HND                                                                                                   ABTAC Primary                                                                                                                                               and relatives. Over 50 students and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     300 guests attended the event at the
Hospitality and Leisure Management                Short Courses                                                                                                                                                                                                      place built to host the hand-over of
                                                  Our Community & Business Programme Unit                                                                                                                                                                            power from British Administration to
    Hospitality or Tourism with Modern
                                                  offers a wide range of short courses to suit all
                                                                                                     IT                                                                                                                                                              the People’s Republic of China.
    Languages HND
                                                  tastes. You can take up a new hobby, or            Introduction to the Internet
Tourism Business Management                       choose to update your existing skills. Most                                                                                                                                                                        The success of the day was topped off
BA/HND/HNC                                                                                           Internet (Intermediate)
                                                  courses run in the evening, one day per week,      European Computer Driving Licence
                                                  or on Saturday mornings.                                                                                                                                                                                           by the arrival of Jackie Chan for the
Tourism Management                                                                                   Integrated Business Technology 2                                                                                                                                premiere of his new movie in the same
BSc                                                                                                  OCR CLAIT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     hall that had just hosted our ceremony
Adventure Tourism Management                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         - a fantastic opportunity for our
BA/HND/HNC                                                                                           For further information about any of
                                                                                                     the short courses, please ring the                                                                                                                              students to get a much sought-after
Leisure Management                                                                                   Community & Business Programme Unit                                                                                                                             autograph!
BA/HND/HNC                                                                                           on (0121) 243 0170.

                                                                         14                                                                                                                                                            15
                                                                                        The best
                                                Birmingham City Boxing Club in

Boxing                                          Sparkbrook] against all of them.
                                                In the final the referee stopped
                                                the fight in the second round
                                                after two knockdowns.
                                                                                        shirts, no
Clever                                     4    FC: What are your strengths as
                                                a boxer?
                                                Mark: I’m strong and skilful.           sweat
                                                Also my height is a great
First Class goes ten rounds with
                                                advantage- I’m 6’2”. I’ve just
Mark Uwaje-Fowles, a student on                 moved down into the light-
the Foundation Year for the BA                  middleweight category [11
Hospitality & Tourism Management                stones, 2 pounds] - my natural
programme and the British                       weight is around 12 stones - and
Universities Sports Association                 there aren’t many boxers as tall
middleweight boxing champion                    as me in that division.
                                           5    FC: Do you get nervous before a
 1     First Class: Why did you take up         Mark: Yes. I try to keep calm by
       boxing?                                  lying down and going to sleep.
       Mark Uwaje-Fowles: It was                In the first minute of the fight I’ll
       something I’d always wanted to           just be sussing out what the
       do. When I was small my                  other person’s going to do, and
       cousin used to box, but I was            then relax into it.
       too little to go into the gym.

 2     FC: Tell us about the University    6    FC: Do you worry about your
       Boxing Championships                     health?
       Mark: It was held at Glasgow             Mark: Yes, I do. I always watch
       University. There were four two-         how often I spar and fight, and
       minute rounds in each fight. I           check that I’m not over-boxing.
       fought a student from Aberdeen           All amateurs wear big, heavily
       in the semi-final, and a student         cushioned gloves and full
       from Glasgow in the final.               protective headgear.
                                                                                        Worried what to wear this summer?
 3     FC: A hostile crowd?                7    FC: With all that protection you
                                                                                        Dreading that ‘it’s spring - let’s check the
       Mark: I wouldn’t say hostile, but        can’t really get hurt, can you?
                                                Mark: Well, there’s not much            wardrobe’ experience? This year, avoid
       they weren’t supporting me. It                                                   that Mother Hubbard moment with the
       was just me and my trainer               protection around the chin!
                                                                                        College’s exclusive range of leisurewear.
       [Frank O’Sullivan of the                                                         Our new crewneck sweatshirts with
                                           8    FC: Point taken! But what does
                                                your Mum think about you                embroidered College crest are available in
                                                fighting?                               S, M, L or XL, navy, navy or navy, and
                                                Mark: She enjoys it. She                cost just £15. We also do polo shirts and
                                                watches many of my fights.              T-shirts. Contact the Alumni Office or click
                                                                                        on the College website for further details.
                                           9    FC: What’s the next step for you?
                                                Mark: The British Amateur
                                                Boxing Association                           First Class is the newsletter of the
                                                Championships (ABAs) start in                Alumni Society of Birmingham
                                                London next week, which will be              College of Food, Tourism &
                                                four fights over a period of a               Creative Studies. If you know
                                                month. Beyond that I’d like to               someone who should be receiving
                                                stay amateur, box for England,               First Class but isn’t, please let us
                                                and maybe get a permanent                    know about it! Our address:
                                                place in the England team
                                                                                             Alumni Society
                                                ahead of the Commonwealth                    Birmingham College of Food,
                                                Games in 2002 and the                        Tourism & Creative Studies
                                                Olympics in 2006. I’ve already               Summer Row
                                                boxed at representative level in             Birmingham B3 1JB
                                                the USA and Germany and really
                                                enjoyed it.                                  Alumni Officer: Adam Atkins
                                                                                             Telephone: (0121) 243 0158
                                           10   FC: Do you find it difficult to              E-mail:
                                                combine your studies and your
                                                                                             Our website:
                                                Mark: Yes - it can be difficult              Map of Mozambique:
                                                sometimes. In the run-up to the              Perry-Castañeda Library, University
                                                ABAs I’ll be training for one and            of Austin, Texas
                                                a half hours, three times a day.
                                                But if I’m going to be a boxer it            Photo of Ombersley:
                                                has to be now. I don’t want to     
                                                get older and think “I wish I’d
                                                done that”.

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