Pupils and staff from Grange Primary, West Cross, Swansea had an enlightening visit to the award winning Rasoi Waterfront restaurant at SA1’s J Shed recently.
Owner’s Jas & Suki Kullar welcomed the visitors to the prestigious waterfront restaurant with a fun filled programme for the Year 4 pupils to enjoy. This included, food and drink cookery demonstrations, brief talks on the history of certain Indian foods, whilst also seeing how a busy restaurant operates. The most popular part of the day was the making of the items previously demonstrated, the first being a traditional naan bread. Pupils made two breads which could be filled with various tasty ingredients, included keema meat, garlic, coriander and coconut. The second item made by each pupil was an Indian yogurt based fruit drink called a Lassi, using strawberries, raspberries or a mango.
Each item produced was judged by Rasoi’s head chef and restaurant manager, with the top three in each category wining a trophy for first prize and a medal for second and third places. Competition was fierce, but no one went home empty handed, with each pupil receiving a voucher to return back to the restaurant for a free meal.
The teaching staff from Grange, Mrs Gully, Miss Maskell and Mr Booth even had a go at making these items, but none of these made it through to the judging.
The visit culminated with twenty-eight Year 4 pupils leaving the restaurant with no appetite for their school lunches on their return, but with smiles all round.
Jas Kullar, commented, “It was such a pleasure to welcome these pupils from Grange Primary to our restaurant. We hoped they learnt a lot about Indian cookery, how to use quality ingredients and best of all, how good it tastes. After a brief demonstration how to make these two popular dishes, we were all very impressed with the quality of items being produced by the children. Their enthusiasm and attention to detail was great to see.
Every pupil was a credit to the school and their parents.
If any of them need a job in the future, please come back and see us, but it might be quiet some time until this happens.”