Incredible Line-up Wows Welsh School Students

A top line-up at Coleg Gwent yesterday introduced 120 local school students to the joys of a career in hospitality and what they can expect to learn at a top catering college.

The line-up comprised of Great British Menu contestant Cindy Challoner (who is also studying to become a chef lecturer), 3 time award-winning butcher Tim Hanks, Bake Off: The Professionals winner Andrew Minto and head chef Gareth Hope.

“It shows how seriously we take education when a line up like this gets together to inspire school students,” said Catherine Farinha, Director of The Chefs’ Forum.

“It’s such a pleasure to work with Coleg Gwent. It’s such an amazing college, whose learners are clearly engaged and very much enjoying their courses.”

The taster day followed a familiar pattern of canapés and mocktails, pasta-making, sausage-making, butchery followed by cooking demonstration with seasonal Welsh produce and perfect patisserie with the finest chocolate fondants being made by Andrew!

At the end the students took part in an éclair decorating competition and the winner was presented with a copy of The Chefs’ Forum’s new publication, The Chef’s’ Knowledge.

Gavin George from Coleg Gwent, said: “The work we do in partnership with The Chefs’ Forum continues to get better and better and every one of these amazing days we do more and more students from local schools get more inspiration to come and study here. A big thank you to the amazing team that came and entertained us!”

Photo & film credit: Carlos Farinha