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Chefs' Forum Academy Blog 1 - menu planning with Paul O'Neill

17 January 2017

Welcome to the GC Chefs' Forum Academy blog!

The Chefs' Forum Academy is a new, exciting collaboration between Gloucestershire College and the Chefs' Forum; an initiative founded in 2010 which aims to bridge the gap between education and the catering and hospitality industry.

The Academy, which will be officially launched on 30 January, will see well-respected chefs and industry experts work with GC catering and hospitality students on a weekly basis, to inspire and share their knowledge.

Ahead of the 'official' launch event, the Academy has already kicked off! Last week the first of many masterclasses took place with our Level 3 Professional Cookery students. Berwick Lodge Head Chef, Paul O'Neill worked with the students to plan a gourmet restaurant-style menu, which they brought to life in their second class this week.

The students worked in small teams to create different dishes from the menu, with Chef Paul on-hand to provide advice and guidance. Here is the decadent menu they designed...

Chef Paul O'Neill will be working with the group for four weeks in total, imparting some of the knowledge and training he received as a Roux scholar. He said: "Over the course of the four masterclasses, I want to make the students think for themselves and develop their own ideas.

"During our first session together last week, I showed them some of our menus from Berwick Lodge for inspiration. From there they created their own dish ideas, which they have successfully brought to life this week using fresh, seasonal ingredients."

At the end of the intense three hour masterclass, the students presented their finished dishes to Paul and their GC lecturers for tasting and critique. Here are a few of their impressive creations...

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