Grimsby Town youth team finished their cookery course by serving up a four-course meal for some special guests at Grimsby Institute.
Last week saw the cooking life skills sessions provided to Grimsby Town youth team players culminate in the Mariners’ under 18s serving a four-course meal to 22 special guests including first-team and academy staff, players, academy and club sponsors, and EFL and LFE representatives.
The three-week course provided the players with an opportunity to prepare healthy meals suitable for an athlete’s lifestyle on an apprentice budget.
The sessions allowed the players to develop fundamental kitchen skills such as preparing, cooking and serving various fruits, vegetables, grains, herbs and fresh Grimsby fish all served as part of the final four-course menu.
The final session also exposed the players to the heat of a professional kitchen, promoting vital teamwork, communication and time-management skills all under the watchful supervision of Head Chef Garret Busby.
Garret said: “I truly believe that attending a cookery course not only develops the culinary ability and nutrition knowledge of a player, but gives them opportunity to develop team-building skills such as communication, team work and confidence.
“It also provides them with an opportunity to practice and develop their time-management and leadership skills, all of which are relevant in both a professional kitchen and on the pitch.
“The players showcased the behaviours and attitudes that we would expect from a professional chef student and have been fantastic ambassadors for our home team club. We very much look forward to developing and expanding this course in the future.”
Academy Manager Neil Woods said: “There is so much good work going on at the Academy at the moment – both on and off the pitch.
“Off the pitch these sessions are a great addition to the programme as they not only help the lads to develop skills and knowledge that may help them in their pursuit of becoming a professional footballer, but they also provide them with lifelong skills away from football.”
The players and staff would like to thank Diane Gregory, Garret Busby the rest of the Catering and Hospitality team at Grimsby Institute for all their hard work in making the sessions possible and so enjoyable, and also thanks to League Football Education who helped to fund the initiative.