The Big Feast in Magna’s Big Hall
Magna’s Big Hall was resplendent as it hosted The Big Feast 2019, a community collaboration between the Rotherham based events centre and Wales High School. The evening event on Thursday 6 June was the culmination of weeks of hard work which saw the Year 10 and 12 students design, prepare, cook and serve a three course meal as well as provide live entertainment to 115 esteemed guests including the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham as well as the Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne.
A totally self-funded charity, Magna has been working with local schools and community groups to help provide work experience opportunities across all areas of the organisation.The event follows the fantastic success of last year’s inaugural Big Feast 2018, as well as a number of other work experience partnerships which Magna have initiated over the last 12 months.
Luke Pendlebury, Teacher at Wales High School and The Big Feast Project Lead said, “For something that Magna staff do every day, their support and professionalism has definitely rubbed off onto our students, it is commendable. Once again our students got so much out of the experience, I believe over 100 students have been directly or indirectly involved over the last two years. Hats off to Paul Childs Magna Head Chef, our students wouldn’t sing his praises so highly if they did not mean it, kids are honest! He makes them want to be there, listen and learn new professional techniques. You can keep your Jamie Olivers, we have Paul Childs!”
Magna is an award winning conference and events centre in Rotherham which annually hosts a wide range of events including dinners, awards, music and sporting nights, exhibitions and wedding receptions. Wishing to give something back to the community it serves and to help develop the next generation of event managers, chefs and hospitality professionals. A number of students who were involved in The Big Feast 2018 have since gone on to received paid part-time work at the venue.
Paul Childs Head Chef at Magna gave praise, “Once again it has been a genuine honour and pleasure to work with such a brilliant bunch of young people. They have worked very hard and should be immensely proud of what they have achieved”.
Councillor Jeanette Mallinder Mayoress of Rotherham attended the evening and said,
“What a pleasure, the students from Wales High School have been incredible. The entertainment was of a very high standard. Thank you to Magna for all of your hard work, your staff are the best.”
Brian Chapple, Chair of Magna Trust said “The students were exceptional, there is no other word to describe their contribution, other than extraordinary, incomparable and outstanding. Being the Chair of Magna Trust I am fortunate to attending many high-class events, but none I have enjoyed more than The Big Feast. We can’t wait to start work on the next collaboration and know it will grow and grow every time.”