The place is bustling in the early morning, and not without good reason. On this sunny morning in May, Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal is expecting a high-profile guest: Jet Bussemaker, Minister for Education, Culture and Science. Why? Because the tasting room, located in Amsterdam-Zuid, is one of the various locations for the public/private partnership House of Hospitality. House of Hospitality offers MBO (secondary vocational education) students at the ROC van Amsterdam the opportunity to learn and apply their skills in practice.
Minister Bussemaker arrives just after half past eight. Over a cup of coffee, she chats with the students about the experiences they’ve had during their training.
Jan Semeins signals the start of the tour
Students learning about hospitality in practice
The best way of learning the tricks of the trade of cookery, for example, is in practical sphere. Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal completely understands this, and that is why it offers students the chance to acquire relevant practical experience. While the guests on the ground floor enjoy a tasty treat, students on the first floor are learning. They are taught in small groups so that all students receive attention. Upstairs there are two fully-equipped kitchens (a production kitchen and a workshop kitchen) and a wine bar. In this environment, the students have plenty of space and opportunities to become familiar with the trade.
Minister Jet Bussemaker and Alderman for Economic Affairs Kasja Ollongren
In order to avoid food waste, the students’ culinary creations are, naturally, served to the guests.
They don’t just get practical lessons – on the tour, we met a number of students receiving a theoretical lesson from their teacher. What’s on the menu? Math! This is an important topic in the field too, of course.
Naturally, there was time for a photo opportunity: Minister Bussemaker, Hans Klomp and Jamie de Vre
Jet Bussemaker with ROC students Raymond Gaarthuis, Marieke Rozemeijer, Kirsten Heijlman and Duncan Selderijk
Raymond Gaarthuis, Marieke Rozemeijer, Kirsten Heijlman and Duncan Selderijk
Unique experience for catering students
It’s all about creating a special experience for the students in training. We’re offering a pilot with which we want to show that teaching through practice works. The aim is to strengthen the collaboration between vocational education and businesses in the hospitality sector. Collaboration to address the collective need for sufficiently well-educated personnel now and in the future.
Jan Semeins and Jet Bussemaker
Are you curious about our restaurant and the culinary and hospitality skills of the students of the ROC van Amsterdam? Then why not drop by? We are open daily from 7 a.m. until midnight.
Published on 23-05-2017