FUTURE Formula One stars took a pit stop with a difference – by heading to an historic East Staffordshire pub to see how they fared under pressure in its kitchen.
Youngsters from Lotus Formula One’s junior team joined head chef Stuart Langdell in the kitchen at the Meynell Ingram Arms in Bromley Road, Hoar Cross.
The trio of Gregor Ramsay, Alex Albon and Juan Manuel Correa took time away from the race track for an introduction to the fast-paced world of a Michelin trained chef.
Mr Langdell said: “It was great fun to work with the boys. Their competitive nature meant they wanted to be the best at every task ,which is something I really admire and try to encourage in young chefs coming through the kitchen at the Meynell.”
Ramsay and Albon, both 17, compete in the FR 2.0L Eurocup series, while 14-year-old Correa competes in the World Series Karting championships and the CIKFIA European and World Championships in the KF Junior category.
The three swapped their racing suits for chef’s whites, where their ability to work under pressure could really be tested as they produced a lunch for team staff and management.
The young stars prepared steamed cod with a butter bean and tomato cassoulet with chorizo, goat’s cheese and spinach with support from Mr Langdell and his team in the kitchen.
Daryl Coombes and David Thompson, the personal trainers for the junior team drivers, said: “It’s very important for drivers to eat healthily and learn to cook balanced meals for themselves, as they often leave home at a very early age to pursue their careers.
“Nutrition and physical fitness go hand in hand when preparing these guys to be the Formula One stars of the future.
“We shall be bringing the rest of our team back to the Meynell later in the year so that our other drivers can cook with Stuart and his team in the kitchen at the venue.”