Set in the old Harrogate Arms pub, the challenge involved students breaking into sub-teams to come up with different ideas.
Their full menus included everything from veggie lasagna to an eggs Benedict and smoothie combo, plus inventive twists on traditional family favorites.
The RHS Harlow Carr team were impressed with the results and gave positive feedback across the board.
Commenting on a presentation by students Ellena, Chris and Amber, they said: ‘The vegetable lasagna and side salad looked very colorful and fresh.
“It was very well presented and would appeal to adults and children alike.
“The presentation was extremely thorough and well planned.
“There has been excellent consideration for sourcing local food and reducing the carbon footprint.
“We liked their menu choice because they had taken into account our audience and their needs.
“They offered a menu that created the option to eat in or ‘take out’, the flexibility of which customers would appreciate.
“Special attention has also been given to ‘to-go’ packaging offering ethical choices, for example using beeswax wrappers.”
The project was also a great success with students, who took advantage of a study trip to the gardens.
They then followed a ‘sow and cultivate’ masterclass – using planters built at the college – by gardener RHS Harlow Carr, who has visited several times.
In her report, professional cooking student Ellena Harrison-Wood described how she relished the chance to offer eco-friendly solutions as part of her team’s presentation.
She said, “Doing this project has massively helped me grow and develop many skills, including my *STEM 7 skills.
“We were very conscious of our carbon footprint and making it as small as possible.
“Part of our plan was to use local businesses in Harrogate to really reduce the travel of our ingredients and give back to the local community.”
“We were very conscious of our carbon footprint and making it as small as possible. Part of our plan was to use local businesses in Harrogate to really reduce the travel of our ingredients and give back to the local community.”
Harrogate College, which is striving to become net zero carbon by 2030, has made sustainability one of its main goals and offers carbon training to students and staff.
Head of Cultural, Contemporary and Heritage Studies at Harrogate College, Jason Parry, said: “This collaborative project has been a real success and the students have learned a lot from it.
“They’ve done a great job, and we’re already talking at RHS Harlow Carr about teaming up again soon.”
STEM 7 refers to the foundational skills that underpin STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) and are essential in all types of jobs.