My daughter is doing home economics cookery for one of her G,C,S,E she also has a love for Nigella. She has not found it easy and is not the most organised of people and often tells me at the last minute that she needs cooking ingredients,which drives me mad. So when she tells me the teacher moans at her i can understand why.
Well as the year has gone on i have seen she can produce some beautiful food although she is still so unorganized,so we have tried to be more on the ball,although the teacher still picks faults and has at times been i feel very unforgiving. Her grades have been given on organisation and not on taste or presentation which has been very disheartening to a teenager.
Some months into the second year and wow she has done so well yet the grades are still so unfair,but she has decided she no longer wants to follow a career in catering and she has been very relaxed and not so stressed that the teacher has a dislike for her.I have not taken it so well and made a visit to the school,it turns out the teacher in question is not a chef or a qualified cook,she simply has a qualification that says she can teach children how measure and use an oven. My daughter has had her dreams shatterd because she has been told she is doing things wrong and not using the correct ingredients,when in fact if the teachers took a look at the way the chefs and likes of Nigella cook they would see that things have certainly changed.
We have encouraged and practiced and done things the way the teachers has said things should be done and yet nothing has changed,the teacher has made up her mind that my daughter is a cook and will never make a chef,This has been a hard pill to swallow for my daughter,her grade has been given and will not be changed.
This brings me to valentines dinner i made a lovely meal and Lauren offered to make desert,she was left for an hour to what i can only describe as wreck my kitchen. She produced a desert that even Nigella would have been blown away with. All i can say is her teacher can have her opinion after all Jamie Oliver is not a chef or Nigella but everyone loves them and the wonderful recipes they produce,they have all taken an old recipe and revamped it added a twist of there own.