Students who enlisted for a curry boot camp put their new skills to the test at a lunch for VIP guests.
The group of 20 pupils served up authentic Indian food at the Bombay Dynasty restaurant in Corby yesterday – and their curries found favour with diners.
The 11 to 14-year-olds from senior schools in the town were offered expert training by the restaurant’s owner Mohammed Rahman to mark its 25th anniversary.
And civic leaders, business representatives and teachers were invited along to sample the menu.
Pupils cooked the food, welcomed guests and waited on tables.
Tyler Robertson, 14, a pupil at Corby Business Academy, said: “I volunteered to be in the front of house team but I’ve really enjoyed learning how to make a proper curry.”
Shereen Rahman, 11, who attends Brooke Weston Academy, said: “It’s been great fun. I love curry.”
Guests tucked into poppadoms, followed by a choice of vegetable curry or chicken biryani.
Beth Smith, 13, of The Kingswood School, said: “I was in the kitchen doing the cooking and really enjoyed taking part.”
Fellow Kingswood pupil Jasmine Colliar, 12, said: “I love curry, so it was great to learn how to cook it.”
Jess Harris, 14, of Lodge Park Technology College, welcomed guests to the restaurant and showed them to their seats.
She said: “It’s been a valuable experience. We learned lots of new skills, from cooking to folding napkins.”
Since Tuesday last week the students were at the restaurant, in George Street, after the school day learning kitchen techniques and front of house skills.
Mr Rahman, who is also Corby’s deputy mayor, said: “They all did a brilliant job and I think we have some potential top chefs among them.
“The curry boot camp has taught them new skills, helped build their confidence and promoted diversity in the town.
“They have all been really enthusiastic and the curry boot camp has been a great success.”
People invited to the lunch included Corby mayor Gail McDade and borough council leader Tom Beattie.
Guest Amy Hayward-Paine, of RS Components, said: “As well as learning how to cook a curry, the students have learned skills for life. They have done a marvellous job.”