On Tuesday 13th September, Talent Match London visited North Cornwall with members from Talent Match Cornwall to experience various Cornish industries.
The Talent Match team started the day with a 5 mile bike ride across the Camel Estuary to begin the day of foraging for food and gaining information about Cornish job opportunities within the food industry.
The Talent Match members were divided into three groups which saw a combination of Cornish and London members, encouraging the sense of community within Talent Match.
Group one tried their hand at mackerel fishing. They were successful in reeling in 50 mackerel within just one hour! They were then shipped back to Rick Stein’s Cookery School in Padstow where they learnt the art of gutting and preparing fish.
Jereece, 20, Talent Match London member, commented, “I loved fishing… it’s always good to unlock new experiences.”
Group two were invited into the family run Padstow Kitchen Garden. They were educated in the importance of organic produce and gathered their own fresh vegetables, from padron peppers to cavolo nero to bring back to Rick Stein’s Cookery School for the evening meal.
Jack Harrison, Junior Administration Assistant at Talent Match Cornwall, said, “The guys were so passionate about the vegetables they produce. As someone who just buys vegetables from the supermarket, I never really thought about whether it was organic or not.”
Group three jumped on a ferry to travel to the Marshall family owned Rock Shellfish farm. Here they toured the Porthilly beach on a tractor hay bale ride and learnt of the husbandry that occurs in the mussel and oyster farming process. Some of the Talent Match members actually tried a fresh Oyster straight from the purification tank! They then collected Sharp’s and Rick Stein’s own brand of beer, Chalky’s Bite from Mariners Rock pub to accompany the group meal and were treated to beer tasting as well as learning about the history of Sharps brewery.
Callum Kelly, Talent Match Cornwall member, remarked, “I really liked the ferry ride and being on the beach. It was very peaceful.”
Tillila Antonio, Talent Match Cornwall member, said, “I really don’t even like beer… but that was stunning!”
All three groups met at Rick Stein’s restaurant for lunch to enjoy his famous cod and chips. They were then whisked off upstairs to his accompanying cooking school. All foraged food was used in a cooking class where they learnt many methods of cooking sea food and accompaniments.
Robert Kasongo, 23, Talent Match London member, said, “I’ve made omelettes and pancakes at home but nothing like this… I could be a chef.”
Keishawn Hunte, 20, Talent Match London member, exclaimed, “Chopping the organic fresh vegetables was really good. At home I cook a lot of Jamaican food so cooking and trying Cornish food was new and I really enjoyed it.”
Talent Match is a Big Lottery funded project aimed to help 18-24 year olds who have been unemployed for a year or more to find work through developing their skills and confidence and connecting them with opportunities for work. The Real Ideas Organisation is the lead delivery partner for Talent Match Cornwall.