Students serve up meal fit for world leaders


​Students from Cardiff Metropolitan University served up dinner fit for world leaders at Cardiff Castle last night.

The hospitality students were selected to help award-winning chef Stephen Terry cater for Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama and other world leaders attending the NATO Summit.

They prepared and cooked one of the dinners being held as the world leaders broke-off from their discussions at the Celtic Manor summit.

Stephen, the award-winning chef at The Hardwick, Abergavenny, is an Honorary Fellow of the university and works closely with students there. He chose the talented group of 12 students to help him with the prestigious event.

The students come from the International Hospitality, Management and Event Management programmes at the university and cooked and served roast beef and horseradish and goat's cheese and fig canapés; a smoked salmon, crab, avocado and lemon jelly starter; a saddle of Brecon Beacon lamb main dish and Welsh fruit Summer Pudding, followed by tea, coffee and petit fours.

Lisa Wright, senior lecturer in Hospitality at Cardiff Metropolitan University, said: "It was an amazing evening. It provided a fantastic experience for our students, which will probably never be repeated. It was a real one-in-a-lifetime night, from going through security into the castle to setting up for the dinner.

"The students were fantastic, professional and represented the university perfectly and the event demonstrated our industry networks, which continue to benefit our students in terms of career development.

"Some of the students were greeted by the Prime Minister and President and along with Stephen Terry, they were responsible for the success and production of the evening by providing great Welsh food and service to the heads of state."

Twenty-four-year-old Carys Hughes was one of those selected from the university to serve at the event. The Events Management student from Fishguard said: "I still feel like I'm in a dream! It was a really surreal experience.

"We were expecting there to be a really strict atmosphere, but everyone was so nice and it was good to see that the President is human! My course mate Joel actually served the President's part of the table and really enjoyed himself.

"We all always love working with Stephen Terry and I'm so privileged to have been given this opportunity. It was so exciting."