Young chefs from Tresham College’s training restaurant in Corby are winning praise as they serve sporting stars and visitors at the 2012 Olympics.
A group of 35 young people will be working at the Olympic Park during the London Games and the Paralympics.
Their tutor John Fahy and his 17-year-old son Liam, also a trainee chef, travelled to London for the opening ceremony on Friday and ended up sitting in on a rehearsal by Paul McCartney for Danny Boyle’s spectacular show.
Mr Fahy said: “It was amazing. We went for a walk and popped in to have a look at the stadium and there was Sir Paul sitting at a piano 20ft away.
“I also met Daley Thompson, Dame Mary Peters and Sir Stephen Redgrave.
“Liam managed to get one of the best seats in the stadium, which was empty, and watched the opening ceremony.
“I’ve never worked so hard in my life, running six outlets at the same time, but it was a great honour.”
Mr Fahy and his son returned to Corby on Sunday but will be returning to the Olympic Park to work during the Games.
Students from the college are staying at a university in Luton while they work at the Olympics. Some will be feeding hungry Olympians in the Athletes’ Village and others will be working in food outlets, catering for the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Games.
Mr Fahy said the opportunity came about after bumping into one of his former Army colleagues while working at Wembley Stadium who happened to know the Olympic head chef.
He said: “It was an opportunity too good to miss and terrific experience for the students.”