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Cooking up a story in Preston

School Reporter Hannah at Saint Aidan's Technology College talks to chef Nigel Smith
School Reporter Hannah briefs chef Nigel Smith on the questions she will be asking

Under the tutelage of top chef Nigel Smith, students at a school in Lancashire, cooked and served a three course dinner to over 100 guests.

Year 11 Hospitality and Catering students from Saint Aidan's Technology College in Poulton Le Fylde, spent 15 February at The Villa restaurant in Preston, where they also got some tips of the trade from winner of MasterChef The Professionals 2010, Claire Lara.

Among the guests was presenter of BBC North West Tonight, Ranvir Singh.

Here young reporters from the school go behind the scenes.

By Hannah and Clare
School Reporters at Saint Aidan's Technology College in Lancashire

On Tuesday, Clare, Hannah and Nick, School Reporters from Saint Aidan's Technology College in Lancashire, went to The Villa in Wrea Green.

When we got there, we went outside and did some filming.

Ranvir Singh and Claire Lara
Ranvir Singh and Claire Lara review the meal prepared by the students

We had the chance to interview some famous people.

We interviewed the head chef at The Villa, Nigel Smith; Claire Lara, the winner of MasterChef the Professionals, and also Ranvir Singh, reporter for BBC North West tonight.
25 Year 11 students had the chance to go and find out what it is like to cook for more than 130 people.

We also spoke to Mrs Rossal and some of the pupils preparing the meal.

We watched BBC Radio Lancashire's broadcast go live which was really interesting!

We really enjoyed the day and would do it again. We would tell anyone involved in BBC School News Report to take up any opportunity that comes.

This was a great experience to find out what it is like to be a news reporter. Some good top tips are:

  • Always try to learn your script.
  • Don't say things that are not relevant, for example, saying thank you on camera.


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