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Top UK chefs work with Cornish students on charity dining series

Published: January 20, 2017

Cornwall College Camborne 16-18

Some of the top chefs in the UK, including a BBC Great British Menu star, are delivering a series of meals in support of charity with the help of catering students in Cornwall.

For 12 weeks, Oliver’s restaurant in Falmouth owned and managed by Ken and Wendy Symons is playing host to a dozen talented chefs, as they prepare taster menus using the finest local ingredients, donated by well-known suppliers.

Catering and Hospitality Students from Cornwall College have been invited by Ken to support the events and have been relishing working alongside the talented chefs.

“These are 12 really brilliant chefs who are chalk and cheese in terms of style, which gives the students a great opportunity to see the preparation of really great food in very different ways,” Ken explained.

“It gives them a focus and an idea of which direction they want to go in their careers, whether it’s fine dining, hotel service or more casual dining. They’ve been really good and they’ve enjoyed not just being stood around, but actually getting fully involved in the kitchen. Leon McLoughlin, Level 2 catering student, plated nearly every dish last night, which is the whole point, hands on experience, not just being stood there.”

Ken together with his guest chefs will be serving up their favourite dishes to food loving enthusiasts, while at the same time raising money for two respected charities; Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospitality Action.

Grant Mather, Curriculum Lead, Professional Cookery, Cornwall College said it is “a great opportunity for our students to gain additional cooking and front-of-house experience”.

“By offering our students exciting work-related activities in established and respected businesses, helps us to retain our status of the best catering college in the South West,” he continued.“I know that all students taking part are loving the experience and we hope the events will raise lots of money”.

Phil Oakes, Professional Cookery Tutor, Cornwall College Camborne has been involved with the event from an early stage.

“As a college we are always looking for new experiences to send our students on, as this gives them additional skills in a wide variety of environments, something which will help them throughout their careers. We look forward to assisting Ken with lots more theme nights in the future.”

There are still tickets available and the talented chefs taking part include; Jude Kereama, Lee Skeet, Chris Wheeler, Guy Owen, Emily Scott, Josh Eggleton, Phil Thomas, Ben Prior, Bruce Rennie, Ernst Van Zyl, Russell Brown and Andrew Dargue.

Cornwall College’s catering students are no strangers to working with high profile chefs or at special events.  The college is often called upon to provide catering and hospitality students for local food festivals and to assist celebrity chefs like Anthony Worrall Thompson and Nathan Outlaw.

The organisers of this event will also be running a raffle on 27th March, featuring some fantastic prizes including; a luxurious stay at the five-star Ampersand Hotel in London, a three course lunch at No.6 Padstow and a champagne tea at the Abbey Hotel in Bath.

To buy raffle tickets or to book a seat please visit www.oliversfalmouth.com and to find out more about the extensive range of Professional Cookery courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0845 22 32 567.

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