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Colleges' recipe for success with remote learning

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Lockdown dealt a crushing blow to catering colleges that rely heavily on practical lessons to develop the next generation of chefs. But staff were quick to adapt their teaching online, demonstrating cooking techniques in their own kitchens, uploading tutorials to YouTube and creating spaces for students to socialise, finds Carly Page

Online learning: How catering colleges made a success of remote learning during the Covid lockdown

When stay-at-home orders forced restaurants across the UK to close their doors, chefs, front-of-house staff and kitchen porters were not the only ones affected. The shutdown also had a huge impact on catering colleges, and the aspiring chefs and caterers they train.

Hospitality research group CGA reports that sales in the sector plummeted by more than £53 billion in 2020, leaving many restaurants and catering companies struggling. They had to find creative solutions to survive, with many restaurants providing click-and-collect, takeaway and meal-kit delivery services, while the catering ...

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