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Kendal College Culinary Team Visit Tokyo

15 Oct 2012

Kendal College’s culinary team spent this Summer in Tokyo Japan, as the seventh end of year international expedition to see the cultural, culinary and hospitality sights of the world

Students waiting for the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) Students waiting for the Shinkansen (Bullet Train)

Kendal College’s culinary team spent this Summer in Tokyo Japan, as the seventh end of year international expedition to see the cultural, culinary and hospitality sights of the world.

On the first day, students experienced the high tech metro system on a trip out to Tokyo Bay, which included a ride across the iconic Rainbow Bridge, that gets its name from the way that it lights up the bay at night.

The team then visited The Mardix Science Centre, where the famous 'Asimo' Honda robot was performing. Students then got a boat back across the bay.

Students were taken to a traditional Japanese restaurant, where they sample delights such as chicken, liver, neck, cartilage, foot - a new experience for most - as well as noodles and various types of raw, cooked and fermented fish!

On the following day the team were treated to the hospitality of the Capitol Hotel - a unique experience as they were the first group of students from anywhere in the world to ever get a tour of what is rated the best hotel in Tokyo. Students met the head chef, food and beverage manager, general manager and got a full back and front of house tour to see how this exclusive hotel is run. Students then went on to Odowara Castle to look at how this traditional castle was built and defended.

They took the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Hakone Mountain Region to experience traditional Japanese Ryokan. This included a traditional Japanese nine-course meal, hot Onsen Spa Baths and the students first taste of traditional Japanese way of life. They spent the night the Ryokan on the traditional floor mats.

The following day was spent in central Japan in Shibuya, known as 'The Young City', this part of Japan is an overload of modern consumerism with neon everywhere. It features the Shibuya Crossing, featured in many films, where thousands of pedestrians cross the road at the same time.

A morning visit to Tokyo Zoo to see pandas, polar bears and indigenous Japanese animals was followed by a visit to Yoyogi Park to look at the historic sights and sounds of this historic part of the city and then on to Kappabashi to look at cooking knife shops before going on to the Yebisu Beer Museum.

The trip also included trips to visit buddhist temples, historic sites and many diverse culinary experiences.

Chef Lecturer Richard Axford said: "This has been a once in a lifetime experience and one that all of the culinary team will remember for the rest of their lives. They have all worked tirelessly throuhout the year to raise the money for the trip, working on functions and special events and being ambassadors for the college""

The Culinary team are ‘hired’ every year from the Kendal College's hospitality and catering students and are ‘employed’ for a year to work on special functions, dinners and events. At the end of the year, the team is rewarded with an international trip to enhance their experience of the hospitality industry. Previous trips have included Italy, Dubai, Chicago, Portugal, Czech and Rome, where students served luncheon to the Italian Senate in the Italian parliament.

Kendal College’s hospitality department is consistently graded Outstanding by Ofsted and delivers first-class training for the industry and its students. The department has trained many of the top professionals who are working in some of the best hotels and restaurants in the area.