Case studies

Boston Cookalong Event, September 2013

Release date: 16th May 2014

Budding chefs at Boston College have had their first taste of the world of professional cooking with a Gordon Ramsay-style cook-along using the internet.

Trainee students at Boston College’s Hospitality and Catering Department were given a private cookery lesson by top head chefs from Reform at The Castle Hotel in Lincoln and The Electric Bar and Restaurant at DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln.

Lincolnshire County Council’s onlincolnshire project set up a two-way Skype video feed on 23rd September for the cookery lesson as a way to demonstrate the possibilities superfast broadband offers.   

Mark Cheseldine from Reform and Phil Henson from The Electric Bar and Restaurant were based at Lincoln College and used the live two-way TV link to offer tips and hints and critique the students’ techniques as they prepared dishes made using Select Lincolnshire produce.

A judging panel in Boston scored each student on their efforts. Budding chef Georgia Claxton, 18, from Long Sutton won the event and will now spend a day working in both restaurants.

Pictures were also posted on the onlincolnshire Facebook page. The cook-along was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).   

Epix Media has also been involved and have produced a timelapse video of the event at Boston.

Judging the meal – roast lion of pork with butternut squash textures – were Amanda Mosek, Principal of Boston College; Lydia Rusling from Lincolnshire County Council; and Jez Ashberry from Shooting Star PR.

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This was the perfect way for us to show the different ways that people – especially learning establishments – can make use of the Internet. We had a great team of professionals to help make this a reality.  It was hugely successful and I think will go a long way to opening the doors for other colleges, schools and universities.”