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Swedish students get a taste of Lake District hospitality trade

L-R: Hanna Jansson (Hotel and Serving), Ellen Rube (Hotel and Serving), Johan Nord (Hotel and Tourism Co-ordinator), Nils Karlsson (Restaurant), Kari Vahtera (Culinary Arts Tutor) and Jesper Klerkefors (Pastry)
L-R: Hanna Jansson (Hotel and Serving), Ellen Rube (Hotel and Serving), Johan Nord (Hotel and Tourism Co-ordinator), Nils Karlsson (Restaurant), Kari Vahtera (Culinary Arts Tutor) and Jesper Klerkefors (Pastry)

[A] group of Scandinavian students are getting a taste for life in the hospitality industry, as part of a special two month work placement getting underway at Lakeside Hotel & Spa.

Four degree students have arrived in the Lakes from Kungsmadskolan, a college in the city of Växjö in eastern Sweden. They will be working in different roles in the hotel – in the kitchen, restaurants and front-of-house / reception – and will get a unique behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day workings of a busy Lake District hotel.

During the visit there are plans to create a speciality Swedish dish for the menu, as well as making a Swedish-inspired ‘staff tea’ for their new colleagues.

The students went through a rigorous application process to earn their places at Lakeside, as part of a long-term partnership between the hotel and Kungsmadskolan. The aim is to help inspire young people, exchange ideas and reinforce international links.

All the students will be living on site at the hotel for the full 8 weeks and experiencing a slice of Lakeland life during their time off, including visits around the local area.

Richard Booth, Head Chef at Lakeside Hotel & Spa, says, “We’re excited to welcome these Swedish students as part of their degree courses. We have worked with the college for a number of years and it’s fantastic to be helping inspire young people about food, and building skills for the next generation of chefs and managers. It’s so important for students to get stuck in and understand a kitchen from top to bottom – it really is the best way for them to build experience and learn their craft.”

18-year-old Nils Karlsson adds, “It is fantastic to be here to learn new skills, meet new people and build up first-hand hospitality experience in a well-known destination like the Lake District.”

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