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Italian food masterclass

Students from years 9 – 11 recently had the chance of a lifetime – a visit to Italy to take part in a four day long masterclass in Italian food and with the added bonus of a fabulous site-seeing trip of south-west Italy’s most famous places.

The visit took place in the second week of the Easter holiday and was based at Sorrento where the students learnt about gelato (Italian ice cream), struffoli (a Neapolitan dish made of small deep fried balls of dough which are crunchy on the outside and light inside), and gnocci (small, soft dumplings made from potato). Not only did the students find out about these staples of Italian food, they also learnt how to make them! They were also treated to demonstrations at olive oil and mozzarella farms and visited the Limoncello factory.

When it came to the site-seeing, a day at Pompeii was top of the list. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried under metres of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The preserved site features excavated ruins of streets and houses that visitors can explore. This was followed by a trip to the island of Capri where most students climbed Mount Tibor.

All students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were a credit to the Academy. A huge vote of thanks goes to Ms Gibbons, our Food teacher who arranged the whole event, and also to her two supporting staff, Miss Carlo and Mr Hewett.

A small gallery of photos taken by Joshua Clarkson, Jess Atkins and Mr Hewett can be seen here.