Food With Thought

Our Foundation and Entry Level students have created a variety of mouth-watering menus, designed specifically to aid those with special educational and dietary needs.

This year, our students have been working on a number of projects with BRAAIN (Be Ready ADHD ASD Information Network). BRAAIN is a local charity that provides support for parents with children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other special educational needs. As part of their course, students were tasked with making bespoke menus using ingredients known to help with ADHD, Autism, Depression and Anxiety, as well as menus for those with specific dietary requirements.


One of the dishes on the menu – Gluten-free Fishcake with Courgetti in a Roasted Vegetable Sauce

Students taking Health and Social Care as one of their modules had the task of researching different food groups to understand how different foods and nutrients can help with a healthy lifestyle: 

Once they had chosen their ingredients, students then carefully designed vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free and low sugar menus for the different needs. The best dishes from the menus were made by students taking the Catering module and were tasted by visitors from BRAAIN, Nikki and Emma. Students Ryan and Alfred presented the dishes to Nikki and Emma who were wowed by the menus and foods prepared.

As well as sampling dishes, Nikki and Emma also gave thanks to student Ryan, who was selected out of 20 entrants to design and create promotional materials for the charity. His designs are now being used to help spread BRAAIN’s message and raise awareness of the work they do to support local families.

Our Foundation and Entry Level department offers courses to help those with additional learning needs, learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you would like to find out more about these courses, please get in touch at 01252 40 55 55 or message us. Applications can be made online and Open Events are held throughout the year.