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A recipe for success at Porthleven Food Festival

Published: April 25, 2016

Cornwall College Camborne 16-18

Catering students from one of the  top catering colleges in the UK, Cornwall College, were once again in the spotlight as they assisted some of the best chefs in the UK at this year’s Porthleven Food Festival.

Working both behind the scenes and live on stage, helping guest chefs prepare and plate-up their mouth-watering dishes, Level 1 & Level 2 catering students worked with celebrity headline acts Anthony Worrall Thompson, Rick Stein, Michelin star chef Josh Eggleton and other local chefs.

Catering Lecturer at Cornwall College Camborne, Phil Oakes, said: “We are always delighted to help this very popular food festival. By assisting chefs from various backgrounds and tastes, our students get the added benefit of not only working under pressure while under the public gaze, but also helping to prepare new and exciting plates of food while working to tight timescales. It gives our students that additional experience and is a truly memorable event for everyone concerned.”

Over three hundred people packed into the food demonstration marquee to watch the official opening of the food festival, where they were treated to an entertaining ‘most dishes’ competition between Anthony Worrall Thompson and local chef Jude Kereama, from Porthleven’s Kota Kai restaurant.

Phil added: “By taking part in events like this, our students are exposed to unusual environments, but are still expected to perform to the best of their abilities.  By assisting some of the best chefs in the UK at major events like this one,  it gives our catering students that extra little edge when it comes to applying for jobs and is something we really encourage students to do while studying with us”.

Cornwall College offers a wide variety of catering and hospitality courses and is proud to hold a plethora of awards and accolades; including being recognised as a Centre of Excellence in three disciplines, holding Gold Accreditation status and obtaining AA College Rosettes for both of its fine dining restaurants.

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