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Jelly on the telly!

PUBLISHED: 12:42 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 February 2013

Jelly on the telly!

Jelly on the telly!

Four National Star College students will pit their culinary know-how against the best in Britain in a new TV series

Jelly on the telly!

Four National Star College students will pit their culinary know-how against the best in Britain in a new TV series

A team of four students from the Star Bistro, Ullenwood, will be on Food Glorious Food which starts on ITV on Wednesday, February 27.

Starring Carol Vorderman, Tom Parker Bowles, Loyd Grossman and former Masterchef winner Stacey Stewart Food Glorious Food is the hunt for Britains best-loved recipe.

Six regional winners will go on to the semi finals and the final two battling it out for a contract with Marks & Spencer and a 20,000 prize.

Launched just over a year ago the Star Bistro, based on the College campus at Ullenwood,near Cheltenham, is open to the public. It prides itself on serving bistro-inspired dishes using the very best of locally-sourced ingredients.

A joint venture between the National Star Foundation and the Wiggly Worm charity, the Star Bistro offers students the opportunity to gain relevant work experience.

The National Star College is a national centre of excellence supporting young people with complex disabilities. Every year more than 1600 people who use its expert services and support.

The Star Bistro four - Georgina Ivins, Rachel Janes, Trisan Blick and Joe Cook - are remaining tight-lipped about how well they have done in the series.

Even creating the recipe was a team effort - though dont ask who suggested what as it will lead to a long debate. Their creation is a jelly for grown-ups which includes Pimms, Three Choirs sparkling wine, fresh fruit and berries and an intense orange sauce. It is all topped off with a tuile biscuit - Tristans speciality.

Georgina, Rachel and Tristan all work at the Bistro while also studying at the college. Joe, who finished at the college in July, is working part time in a cafe near his home.

All four have loved the TV experience though admit it has been hard work. It has involved travelling, long days filming and countless hours of waiting around.

Rachel, Tristan and Joe have all worked in the kitchen at the Bistro and front of house while Georgina has been concentrating on front of house. But during the filming of Food Glorious Food they all had to perform different roles on the team - from assembling the jellies to making the orange sauce.

Tristan, who is 19, has recently moved into a flat on his own. In his third year, he has become almost independent. He cooks from scratch for himself and delights in explaining how he cooks his pasta sauces in large batches and then freezes it.

The National Star College has helped me build my confidence and self-esteem and is helping me to become independent, Tristan says.

His dream is to get more experience in restaurants and go on to develop his catering qualifications in further education. During filming Tristan was team leader and his job was to ensure the four worked together as a unit and performed at their best.

Georgina, 18, is the youngest member of the team and has loved every minute of the filming. Her favourite moment was meeting Carol Vorderman. The hardest part was waiting for the scores and the suspense of not knowing if you go through to the next round, says Georgina. But we all loved it.

College principal Kathryn Rudd says the TV series has been a great experience for the students.

They are wonderful ambassadors for National Star College and showcase the skills of people with disabilities. Our mission is to support young people with complex disabilities and allow them to develop their full potential.

These four have coped with all the pressures and stress of filming and carried on normally with their work at the Star Bistro and their studies.

The Star Bistro is open five days a week. To reserve a table or find out more, please contact 01242 535984. www.natstar.ac.uk

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