Trainee chef finds a winning recipe with Old Tool Shed Cafe in Caldecott Park

Trevor Hoyte, Park Ranger and Dawn Critchley of the Old Tool Shed cafe welcome Daniel Batchelor as new recruit
Trevor Hoyte, Park Ranger and Dawn Critchley of the Old Tool Shed cafe welcome Daniel Batchelor as new recruit

A WARWICKSHIRE College students has had his first break into the catering business with a part-time job at Rugby Borough Council’s Old Tool Shed cafe in Caldecott Park.

Daniel Batchelor first came across the cafe when park ranger Trevor Hoyte invited the college to cater for a visit by Right Rev Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry.

Daniel was one of the students selected by the college to serve at the event. The students made such an impression that they were offered work experience in the cafe.

Daniel has helped throughout the summer at various town centre events and at most weekends, whilst continuing his studies at college. Now a part time casual vacancy has arisen, and with a proven track record Daniel was an obvious choice for the role.

Helping at the Old Tool Shed Cafe has given Daniel valuable experience and improved his self confidence. This latest appointment will give him experience of managing a small cafe, and he will be responsible for all aspects of the operation.

Shelley McGonigale, programme coordinator for the college, said: “A part-time position in a real catering environment is perfect for our students. This role will give Daniel an opportunity to try out some of the baking and cooking skills that he has learnt at college, and I’m sure he will soon win some loyal customers.”

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “We have developed a good working relationship with the college, starting with the visit of Bishop Christopher. As a college governor I am particularly excited to be working with the college for the benefit of Rugby’s communities, and I do hope that we will be able to support some more catering students soon.”

The Old Tool Shed cafe is open through the winter from 10am to 3pm Tuesday to Saturday, serving hot and cold drinks and light lunches.

Caldecott Park’s winter opening times are 7am til 5pm daily.