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GC to launch exciting new Chefs' Forum Academy

12 January 2017


In a new partnership with the Chefs' Forum, Gloucestershire College will host the launch of The Chefs’ Forum Academy on 30 January.

The Chefs' Forum serves to bridge the gap between education and industry, by inspiring young chefs and front-of-house professionals. The Forum prides itself on sharing industry knowledge and best-practice in catering colleges and professional kitchens throughout the South-West, working with top chefs across the UK.

The Chefs’ Forum launched its first Academy at Weston College last September and the project has worked extremely well at enriching students’ learning at the college, working within the curriculum. The idea of bringing top chefs and experts into the college to teach the students has been so successful, that the Forum has chosen to launch its second Academy at Gloucestershire College following five years of very successful quarterly networking events with GC students.

The project will see well-respected, industry experts, suppliers and top chefs working with students at the College to impart knowledge on specialist subjects from butchery to pastry, seasonality, Sous Vide, CV Skills, world food, game and foraging! 

At the launch event, catering and hospitality students will prepare canapés for numerous top chefs and industry professionals from across the region, including the Michelin-Starred Hywel Jones and Roux Scholar 2013, Paul O’Neill. GC students will also be running front of house and welcoming the top chefs, industry experts and representatives from local schools in attendance.

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Paul O'Neill

Chefs’ Forum founder, Catherine Farinha and Jo O’Connell, Head of School for Hospitality and Catering at Gloucestershire College, will present plans for The Chefs’ Forum Academy and explain the objectives of the partnership, which will involve weekly masterclasses, excursions and talks for GC catering and hospitality.

Berwick Lodge Head Chef, Paul O’Neill and butcher, Jack Cook will team-up to perform a demonstration of the relationship between ‘The Butcher and The Chef’. Michelin-starred chef Hywel Jones will team up with Darren Whelan from fishmonger, Kingfisher to showcase a fantastic fish dish and expert fish filleting skills.

Finally, Hywel Jones and his pastry team from Lucknam Park will work with the students to prepare and serve afternoon tea to the guests.

Watch this space for more news from the Chefs' Forum Academy, or to find out more about GC courses for budding chefs, sommeliers and front of house staff, click here.

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