Catering students from Yorkshire Coast College will put their culinary skills and service to the test, with some of the UK’s biggest music stars, after winning a contract to provide hospitality for the Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s summer season.
Eighteen students from the college’s Professional Cookery course will be on-hand to serve food and drinks to the likes of The Vamps, Jessie J, Boyzone, Tom Jones, McBusted and UB40, who will be performing at the venue during its 2015 season, which runs from Friday 22nd May to Sunday 30th August.
This will be the third consecutive year Yorkshire Coast College has been awarded the food and beverage contract for the annual Scarborough Open Air Theatre season, working in partnership with Scarborough Borough Council.
Yorkshire Coast College’s Curriculum Manager (Visitor Economy), Rob Clark, explains:
“We are delighted to have been awarded the contract again and look forward to the summer season starting at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre. The students are excited to be involved as they’ll get to meet some of the music industry’s biggest stars.
“Above all, it’s great on-the-job experience for them and will contribute to their future employability. Staff and students will be required to provide meals throughout the day and night for stage crews, management and performers. Whether they are working as a front-of-house caterer or chef, it will teach our students to work under pressure and ensure service times are to each individual concert specification and requirement.
“For the past two years, the council has praised Yorkshire Coast College students for their high professional standards whilst working in the spotlight. We hope to make it a success again.”
Planning for the Open Air Theatre’s catering and hospitality begins this month, with food menus and beverage offer being agreed. Catering equipment will then be transported to the theatre, where marquees and a kitchen area will be set up.
Michael Hernandez, 19, is one student who will be working at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer. The experience will support his studies towards his Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery.
“My dad used to have a stall down by the Open Air Theatre, so to have the opportunity to be involved behind the scenes this year with Yorkshire Coast College is great.
“I’m expecting it to be hard work and I’m sure we’ll always be on our feet, but it’s great work experience and we get to see all the acts perform.”