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Cumbernauld College Cooks Up Phenomenal Storm

Tuesday, 06 December 2011

Students at Cumbernauld College have teamed up with drinks giant AG Barr to create a unique cookbook.

The 11 students from the Prince's Trust Team Programme, based at the college's East Dunbartonshire campus, have been working closely with the popular soft drink company, to design and develop the fun and colourful cookbook titled 'Food Fight'.

Proceeds which should top £3,000 will go towards the Prince's Trust which helps vulnerable young people working less than 16 hours a week.

Containing around 80 recipes submitted by students on the programme as well as by Barr's, the book forms part of the drink's company's annual fundraising activity with the Prince's Trust. Each recipe is accompanied by a Barr's product which will help wash the meal down perfectly.

Students worked in the kitchens at the main Cumbernauld College campus to prepare recipes from the book. This included a starter of lentil soup, main course of haggis, neaps and tatties and dessert of tablet and shortbread - all accompanied by the soft drink manufacturer's most famous tipple - Irn Bru.

Emma Noble, Prince's Trust Programme Leader, said: "The students have really enjoyed being involved with this exciting project. It has been really hands on and they have had a fantastic amount of input in the design, layout and pictures featured in the cookbook.

 "The students also met up with design company, the Leith Agency, to discuss ideas and gain a better understanding of how something like this is put together."

The Prince's Trust Team Programme is a 12-week development course aimed at 16-25-year-olds, which involves the students in work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.

AG Barr has also provided two work placements for students on the course.

Ian Johnstone from AG Barr said: "I would like to thank Cumbernauld College for making us feel very welcome. It was great to be able to use their excellent cooking facilities to prepare our first meal from the cookbook. Students and staff were very enthusiastic and worked with us to produce a phenomenal tasting dish."

Around 700 copies of Food Fight will be printed and sold internally to Barr's employees and Cumbernauld College students taking part in the Prince's Trust Programme.   


Case Study 1

Connor McFadden,18, decided to enrol in the Prince's Trust Team Programme after speaking to an advisor about his career choices.

He said: "When I left school I wasn't really up for going to college but when I found out about the Prince's Trust Team Programme I thought I would give it a go."

Connor, who lives in Milton of Campsie, started the course in early October.

He said: "All the people on the programme are really sociable which is great. I have developed my social skills as I used to be quite shy and withdrawn when I met people but now it is no problem. I am more confident in everything I do and have more self-belief.

"As part of the course we met up with people at AG Barr to discuss the best ideas for the cookbook. We also met with the Leith Agency and worked together to create Food Fight, which is a comical cookbook featuring a Barr's soft drink to complement each meal."

Connor was one of two students offered a placement at the AG Barr headquarters in Cumbernauld. He spent two weeks working as a van mate, delivering stock to restaurants, newsagents and cafes.

He said: "The placement has been great, I was with a different van driver every day and they were all really good to work with. I'd love to get a job with AG Barr as they take good care of their staff."

Case Study 2

Karen Lai, 19, from Cumbernauld, learned about the Prince's Trust Programme when she went to enrol at the College.

She said: "When I found out about the 12-week course I decided to sign up as I felt it would give me valuable life experience and teach me new skills. It's been a great experience. We did a lot of team building when on the residential which improved my confidence."

During the course Karen helped design and create the Food Fight cookbook.

She said: "The book features starter, main course and dessert recipes and we tried them out in the college kitchen which was really interesting and brought us all together. The book will also allow people to know a bit more about the Prince's Trust and also Barr's."

Karen was offered a two week placement in Barr's marketing department.

She said: "The work experience was really good as I was able to learn about presentations, reviews and how the company uses Facebook to interact with customers. It has given me a better idea and some inspiration about what I would like to do as a career.

"The Prince's Trust Programme has been really worthwhile experience and it has really helped me improve my confidence. "

Once the course finishes, Karen plans to continue with her education and is considering a career as a translator.



Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Cumbernauld College.


Notes to editors:

1.   Based in North Lanarkshire Cumbernauld College offers a range of courses from introductory courses and NQs (National Qualifications) through to Degree level study. .

2.   Cumbernauld College has campuses in Cumbernauld, East Dunbartonshire and Broadwood Campus (Sports Performance).

3.   Cumbernauld College became the first organisation in North Lanarkshire to achieve the Investors in People Gold Award (2010).