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Pasta Masterclass for Year 10

Posted at 12:43 pm on 18th May, 2023

Trafford College Welcomes Wellacre Students

On 9th May, GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students travelled to Trafford College in Altrincham for a pasta masterclass experience in the on-site restaurant Aspire. 

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College tutor, Mr Taylor, welcomed the class of students for a taste of college life, a tour of the restaurant and college kitchens, before demonstrating how to make fresh pasta. 

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He then invited the students to use flour, oil, water, and eggs to make their own pasta from scratch before creating a dish using ingredients including olives, herbs and cheese. 

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Presentation skills were also necessary, as was the tasting session in the Aspire restaurant afterwards to rate their own success!  

Mrs Ashburn, Teacher of Food, cooking and Nutrition, said:

“The experience helped students gain real life experience of college, as well as catering courses at Trafford College. They had the opportunity to work alongside a tutor and ask questions throughout the session. They also found out how the courses would run and the entry requirements.”

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The experience was a positive one and students gave their feedback following the trip:

“I found the experience quite fun as I learned to make fresh pasta. It was great to cook at college as the kitchens were bigger and the equipment was professional.”


“From this experience, I gained an understanding of how to navigate my way around a professional work environment. It was also useful as this time next year I’ll be in college so it's good to get an understanding of campus life and to get an insight of daily life.”


“Today was the first time I’ve made pasta from scratch. The recipe gave the pasta a lot of flavour with a salty and tangy taste; the experience was great!”


Principal Mrs Sharrock said:

The meaningful encounters with post-16 providers and the world of work gives added relevance to student learning. Thanks to Mrs Ashburn and Mrs Taylor for their help.”

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