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You might be surprised to learn about the large and diverse group of professionals, often working beh
June 27 · Issue #74 · View online
The British School in The Netherlands - News & Jobs
You might be surprised to learn about the large and diverse group of professionals, often working behind the scenes, that BSN employs in addition to those directly responsible for teaching and learning. Did you know, for example, that BSN’s International Leadership Academy (ILA) employs its own chef, the talented Richard Hughes?

Richard is responsible for making the entrance to our offices in the centre of The Hague regularly smell like the finest French Patisserie (which is not an official duty). Many colleagues have had the pleasure of tasting his innovative and delicious food during professional development courses and conferences. We asked Chef Rich to tell us more about himself and how he came to be working at BSN:

As a little boy I liked to help my mum in the kitchen, to see what needed doing and give a helping hand. I come from Sint Maarten and I moved to the Netherlands to study culinary arts. In the end I left that behind and studied to become a pastry chef. When I started working I took another turn and became a food chef, like I am now. I am well versed in every aspect regarding catering and food is my passion.

Richard preparing catering for New Staff Induction event
Richard preparing catering for New Staff Induction event
How did you start working at The BSN and which aspect of the job do you enjoy the most?

Pure accident, saw the advert, was coming from another job as a sous-chef doing freelance catering for different events. I stumbled upon the application and decide to respond. One day, I was walking in town with my wife and got a call to come for an interview. I said sure, but I was caught off guard, I wasn’t expecting it. I went ahead and made a plan of how to prepare for the interview. From very start of me coming in I had a great connection with Liz and Suzanne and rest is history…. I’m now a year in and it’s just been great. Great experience. This great organisation starts with a great team, which is what we have at ILA.
I love the look on peoples’ faces when they’ve been fed and had the full ILA experience. It’s done with love, it’s not simply thrown together. 
The role as a service host and caterer to different opportunities, it feels open and broad, the relationship that we build with clients and customers. Response that we get back is very positive.

We asked Richard to recommend a recipe–here’s one for healthy start to the day!

Breakfast Banana Split | Recipe | Breakfast ideas
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