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Five-star treatment at Dundee school's hospitality showcase

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Image caption Lauren Dewer (L) from Grove Academy was one of the pupils taking part in the Taste the Industry event

A Dundee school has been transformed into a mock hotel, restaurant and spa to give pupils a flavour of a career in the hospitality industry.

Taste the Industry is taking over Grove Academy in Broughty Ferry for two days, with students participating in hands-on masterclasses.

More than 200 pupils are taking part in the event, run by the Tennent's Training Academy and Tree of Knowledge.

Organisers hope the masterclasses will change perceptions about hotel work.

Pupils have the opportunity to make mocktails, role play front-of-house service and join in cook-off-style events with Scottish chefs Francis Simpson of Compass Group and Matt Hawkins of Jamie's Italian.

Forward-thinking

Lauren Dewer, a third-year pupil from Broughty Ferry, said: "Taste the Industry has been really enjoyable.

"We've been learning new skills and we've learned about the different jobs that are out there. I've learned a lot more today than I knew about the hospitality industry beforehand."

Cara Stewart, of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, said the scheme was a "forward-thinking initiative."

She said: "Being part of schemes such as this is part of our wider objective to help young people find meaningful, skills-led opportunities which will equip them with the skills they need in the future."

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