Former Scarborough TEC learner stars in BBC series

The BBC programme ‘Further Back in Time for Dinner’ aired this week featuring former Scarborough TEC student Debbie Raw. Debbie, a former Professional Cookery learner, plays the part of a maid in the 20th century, she was responsible for all the cooking and household duties.

The series sees the Robshaw family travel back in time to discover how the food we ate and the way we ate it helped to shape the modern family. The family live through five decades and two world wars. Debbie said: “I am very happy to have been selected to take part in the series. It has been a great opportunity for me and I have gained a lot of experience from it.

“I think what stood out for me the most whilst taking part in the series is the way women’s roles have evolved over the years. Women wouldn’t have had the opportunities in catering that we do now. The role was very challenging as I didn’t have the luxury of using modern appliances. I learnt many different skills and techniques training on the three programmes at Scarborough TEC, I believe they helped me a lot when taking part in the programme.”

Ed Dobson, Programme Leader for Hospitality and Catering at Scarborough TEC added: ‘We are extremely proud of Debbie and what she has achieved. It is always nice to hear what our former learners go on to do. The hospitality industry is growing and we are lucky to have some really exciting opportunities for young people in the local area. We have seen many Michelin Star Chefs come out of the college and I envisage an exciting future ahead for Debbie. We can’t wait to see how she gets on throughout the series.’

The next episode of Further Back in Time for Dinner is on BBC2 9pm-10pm next Tuesday 31st January.