Ten talented Motherwell College catering students were thrilled to gain a work placement in sunny Spain.
The hospitality and professional cookery students spent a fortnight in Murcia, working with some of the country’s most prestigious restaurant operators.
Their tour of culinary duty was made possible by the Leonardo Da Vinci programme, which provides funding to allow students to spend time abroad learning new skills.
The Motherwell students, aged between 16 and 55, studied Spanish at college before heading off to Spain.
They also took daily Spanish lessons while in Murcia to help them communicate with kitchen staff.
And during their two weeks’ stay they gained practical experience in the kitchens of five star hotels, golf resorts, patissereies, pizzerias and local restaurants.
It wasn’t all work and no play, however, as they were able to take in the sights and sounds of the local region, experiencing the Spanish culture first hand with trips to Murcia Cathedral, fresh produce markets, and to see local growers and of fruit and vegetables exporters.
Lecturer Darren Pettigrew, who was involved in planning the trip, said:: “The students have not only been exceptional ambassadors for Motherwell College but also for themselves and for the hospitality industry in Scotland.”