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Gloucestershire College students cater The Chef’s Forum

22 September 2014

Last week, some of Gloucestershire College’s brightest and best culinary talent teamed up with Great British Menu chef, David Kelman, to treat industry guests at Ellenborough Park to a mouth-watering menu of canapés.

Organised by The Chefs’ Forum, the event, held on Monday 15th September 2014, saw students cook up a storm with the hotel’s Executive Chef all morning, before Kelman was joined by fellow Great British Menu chef, Emily Watkins, for a canapé and Peller Icewine Cuvée Rose reception.

Not only did the catering students craft a fabulous array of canapés showcasing the luxury hotel’s three AA rosette menu, but expertly served the special guests and renowned chefs too; proving what a credit they are to the College.

Gareth Crwys-Williams, Head of School for Catering at Gloucestershire College, said: “The Chef’s Forum event provided our students with an amazing opportunity to work with some of the country’s top chefs, including David Kelman and Emily Watkins.

“It was another great excuse to showcase the talents of our Catering and Hospitality students, who are all trained to work to the highest of industry standards.”

As well as giving students the opportunity to experience working in a fast-paced and award-winning hotel kitchen, the event provided invaluable networking opportunities and a platform for them to meet and forge links with employers. Some students even received offers of work from the employer guests, thanks their impeccable culinary and front of house skills.

Gloucestershire College works closely with The Chef’s Forum to support and showcase the skills of its catering students, who are undoubtedly the talent of tomorrow.

As part of the initiative, top chefs from across the South West mentor students through everything from motivational events and networking to sharing ideas, sourcing the latest equipment and keeping a finger on the pulse of the latest hospitality trends.

Gloucestershire College offers a range of full- and part-time courses to those with a passion for catering and hospitality, including the Diploma in Food and Beverage Service; Diploma in Professional Cookery; Hospitality; Professional Cake Decoration; Award for Food Safety in Catering; Pastry Chefs and Patissiers Certificate; and more.

Further details can be found by visiting or calling the College’s Student Services Team on 0345 155 2020.

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