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It's not every lesson you get to eat scallops and baba ganoush cooked by a Great Western Railway Pullman chef.

They were just some of the dishes 16 lucky students in Mrs Stockton's Year 9 Food Preparation and Nutrition class were able to taste as part of an exciting project to create dishes for the Pullman Dining car.

GWR Pullman chef Paul Tregillis, a former Stoke Damerel Community College pupil, delivered his taster session to the class in October after the students completed an entry form to outline why they wanted to take part.

The College has run similar competitions in the past with the judging panel including renowned seafood chef Mitch Tonks.

The menus students create must be suitable for service on the Pullman Dining cars and use locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.

"It's wonderful that our students are being given the opportunity to take part in this project once again," said Mrs Stockton.

"Not only do they get to taste and create amazing food but they are also learning more about careers in catering as well as thinking about local produce and how to make the most of it."

Another part of the challenge is to create a poster advertising the Pullman Dining cars.

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During his initial visit Paul explained his role as a Pullman chef and demonstrated the preparation and presentation of a number of the signature dishes from the current Pullman menu.

"I'm really happy to be back in the College," said Paul.

"The competition has been such a success in the past so it's great to be talking to another group of students about my role and it's a nice change for me.

"I'm looking forward to hearing the ideas they come up with."

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Year 9 student Wiktoria said: "I can't wait to learn to cook some of these dishes - the broad bean samosa was really good."

Fellow student Ryan said the competition was "a great opportunity".

"I've already got lots of ideas about what I want to put on my menu," he said.

"There will definitely be some spice on there."

Paul's next session at the College will include a food hygiene session and he will also be coming in periodically to support the students while they develop their menus.

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"We are very fortunate that Paul is willing to share his expertise and enthusiasm with our students," said Mrs Stockton.

"I know they are already buzzing from their first lesson with him - it's going to be fascinating to see the dishes they create."

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