Engaging The Next Generation of Chefs at Langley College

The Chefs’ Forum was centre stage at the Langley College welcome day on 30th June as college applicants had the chance to get a taste of college life in September.

Future students from the local area were treated to an indoor festival of chefs, music, dancing and cooking in Langley’s event space ‘The Street’, with the hospitality and catering department leading practical cookery sessions in the training kitchens for this September’s cohort of budding young chefs, while guest chefs demonstrated how to make fresh pasta and sushi rolling.

The Chefs’ Forum stand was flanked by a plethora of attractions including a slushie station, sushi-rolling, pasta making, dancing chefs, live music, popcorn cart, doughnut stand and even a huge inflatable basketball shooting game!


“We had everything going on today,” said Catherine Farinha, Director of The Chefs’ Forum. “We had Chris Hannon, executive chef from nearby super-hotel Cliveden, making fresh pasta and a cracking arrabiatta sauce which was really terrific. He was joined by Keiko Urakawa giving a sushi rolling masterclass. Both chefs will be part of the new Chefs’ Forum Academy which will be up and running for next term.

“Attracting the next generation of chefs has become one of our top priorities and it was great to use dance and music to inspire the students. And one young lady told me she was too nervous to enter the sushi-rolling but I convinced her to stand next to Keiko as she demonstrated and she got a one-on-one lesson. She was delighted. That’s what these days are all about.”

Speaking about the welcome day Gillian May, Group Principal and CEO at The Windsor Forest Colleges Group said: “A special thanks to the whole team from The Chefs’ Forum. We had a super day and so many new students really enjoyed the fun element of it -while learning new food techniques from expert teachers and chefs. I was delighted to see our hospitality team at the centre of activities welcoming their new cohort of students for September.”

The Windsor Forest Colleges Group are still taking applications for courses starting in September to find out more and explore your options visit www.windsor-forest.ac.uk.