Renowned celebrity and multi-Michelin star chef Nathan Outlaw has praised the graduates of his Academy in Cornwall at an end of year prize giving ceremony.
Launched in September 2012, Academy Nathan Outlaw in conjunction with Cornwall College is designed to teach and nurture students with a keen interest in catering specialising in fish and shellfish dishes.
The Academy has taught over fifty talented students, many of which have gone on to work for Nathan, like Tom Brown who is now Head Chef at Nathan’s Capital restaurant in London.
Nathan who personally delivers regular masterclasses on the course, together with the college’s own catering tutors, is passionate about bringing young people into catering and in teaching them about the abundance of fresh produce widely available in Cornwall and the South West.
Nathan commented, “I’m extremely happy to support and be part of Cornwall College and the highly successful catering department. It’s an honour to be part of the South West’s best catering college and having my Academy here confirms the students and staffs commitment and enthusiasm to the catering industry. I always love coming to these awards evenings, these young students are the next generation of highly trained chefs and I feel very proud to have been part of their learning experience.”
The students start their catering careers on either a Level 1 or Level 2 vocational course, progressing onto the Academy Nathan Outlaw in year two, after successfully completing a couple of tests and passing an interview.
Grant Mather, Curriculum Lead, Professional Catering, Cornwall College added, “At this time of year we celebrate the achievements of all our students and the amazing effort they have put into their studies. It’s also an opportunity to bring our staff, suppliers and sponsors together; to commend what we do and to see our students move from education and into the world of work.”
Nathan concluded, “Every year we vote for a student who has shown exceptional talent, eagerness and passion. The very high level of candidates made this a very difficult decision, but we finally agreed on Andrew Holloway as Academy Nathan Outlaw student of the year 2016/17. This student has continually gone that extra mile and is a worthy winner of the Joseph Tyers Award.
This award was donated by the parents of a young chef Joseph Tyers who worked with me for a short time before tragically being killed in an accident. In this award not only does his spirit live on, but the values he held have to be replicated by the winner and Andrew certainly has that.”