The afternoon High tea was started in the mid-1800s by the Duchess of Bedford. The idea of an afternoon tea gathering spread across high society and became a favourite pastime of ladies of leisure.

The IT and Business Campus N5 Hospitality students had the opportunity of experiencing a High Tea as part of their practical training. All the students had to prepare tantalising delicacies, from fluffy scones served with preserves and whipped cream to scrumptious cakes, delicate finger sandwiches with egg and mayonnaise served with a glass of cocktail.

In attendance were the family members of the students who were invited to witness and taste the student’s culinary skills and were left speechless. Miss Zanele Zwane said they are trying to get the students to be able to start business opportunities and events from scratch, starting from doing the décor to preparing food on their own. “High Tea is one of the practicals we conduct in N5. We hosted something similar 2 years ago, where we kept it within the group and we are planning to have this as an annual event,” said Miss Zwane. She further praised the future chefs for their sterling efforts and passion they put in to make this high tea a roaring success.

Today, tea is a major component of many British meals, including breakfast, ‘elevenses,’ afternoon tea, and ‘tea’ (which is more like traditional high tea than afternoon tea). The event couldn’t end better without some tea and cakes.