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Alumni Grant - Cooking Course in France

Claudia Cowley (Class of 2016) received an Alumni Grant to enable her to travel to Tignes in France to undertake a course to improve her cooking skills with the intention to gain a job offer to work as a chalet host this winter season. Claudia is taking a gap year following her graduation from Tanglin.

Claudia reports;

To begin my travels, I flew from the UK into Geneva airport and spent the day in Geneva whilst waiting for my transfer from Switzerland to the French Alps. During my visit to Geneva I visited some of the city’s most renowned landmarks including Jet d’Eau and L’Horloge Fleurie. After a stimulating day in this intriguing city, I embarked on the four and a half hour journey to Tignes in France.

The second day, I began the cookery course itself where I learnt many valuable skills to support myself in my training towards becoming a chalet host. Firstly, we did an hours theory lesson to learn about safety as well as hygiene in the kitchen to ensure that we were both safe and hygienic when cooking.

Following this we began to make our first three course meal. I learnt how to make French Onion and Curried Lentil Soup. For our main I had a go at creating ‘Tartiflette’ which is a creamy and comforting oven bake of potatoes, cream and bacon. My first dessert was a ‘Tart Tatin’ which is basically an upside-down pastry with apples caramelized in butter and sugar before the tart is baked.

During the week the trainee chalet hosts and I prepared a three course meal every day. My favourite was Pork Normandy with fragranced rice, honey glazed carrots and black pepper green beans. We also learnt how to bake afternoon tea treats such as scones and cakes which we then very much enjoyed eating!

In December 2016 I will be moving out to Val Thorens in France. I’ll be working as a Chalet Host in a Ski Resort until April 2017. Having the privilege to go on this cookery course has allowed me to gain the necessary skills and knowledge needed to be a successful host during the 2016-2017 ski season. I am also pretty sure my improved cooking skills will also come in handy when I start at university next year.

The Alumni Grant is a matching grant awarded to our Tanglin Alumni who are enrolled on an undergraduate course or during their gap year prior to starting at university, or before the start of their National Service. In selecting applications, priority will be given to Tanglin Alumni who have graduated from Tanglin and whose service trip or activity is proposed take place within 24 months from their graduation. The grant is funded by the TTS Foundation. Find out more about the Alumni grant via the Alumni website or send an email to our Alumni Manager - Mrs Nellie Rogers.