School Students Get a Taste of Manchester Hospitality
200 students from 10 Manchester schools joined local top chefs at The Manchester College on Tuesday to learn about hospitality, cooking, cocktails and what they can expect from a catering course.
The special “Hospitality Industry Taster Day”, organised by The Chefs’ Forum Academy is now a well-oiled template for introducing school students to college life. The two-hour session, which was free to all year 8,9,10 and 11 students, ran from 10.30am – 12.30pm
“Our taster days are unique,” explained Chefs’ Forum director Catherine Farinha. “They are an insight into the world of the hospitality industry with top local and national professionals giving up their time to introduce schools students to their profession. They are always popular and always full and we have our brilliant Event Executives Brogen and Alice to thank for that – It is the hard work that goes on behind the scenes that makes these events so special. It was humbling to be complimented by the Manchester College teaching team and schools who attended on how professional and well-run the event was today – We look forward to many more with this brilliant college and absolutely love what we do”.
The event was punctuated with live singing and dancing by LowKeyLimit, Exose’s music artist brother, flanked by four amazing dance students from the Arden Centre – The performing arts department of UCEN, also based at the City Centre Campus. Lowkeylimit performed his new single, Manchester Vibes, which launched last Friday.
Everything we did during was designed to showcase the world-class facility across five campuses of The Manchester College and the wonderful opportunities available for Manchester Schoolchildren to further their education.
Maxing Gunning, Head of Curriculum Hospitality & Catering and Travel & Tourism “The taster days organised in partnership with The Chef Forum are an excellent way for us to introduce our courses to students who, otherwise, might not realise the extent of the exciting career opportunities that exist in the hospitality and catering sector. Coupled with our brand-new industry standard facilities, our partnership with The Chefs’ Forum Academy which provides access to top local and national chefs who come and deliver alongside our highly qualified teachers, ensure our students are career ready once they complete their course.”
- Canapé & mocktail reception
- Interactive cookery demos
- Daniel Rodriguez (MasterChef: The Professionals 2022 and Sous Chef at Hilton Manchester Deansgate)
- Scott Munro (Executive Chef at Ducie Street Warehouse)
- Pasta making with Exose Grant (MasterChef: The Professionals 2019) and a cookery demo by Andrew Green (Executive Chef at Mottram Hall)
- Éclair decorating competition – This was won by Maka and Makayla, two year ten students from Middleton Technology School who wowed judges Exose Grant and Revae Marley with their creative flair and perfectly-filled and decorated éclair – The girls each won a copy of The Chefs’ Knowledge, our new book, signed by Exose who features in the publication in a feature entitled ‘What type of chef do you want to be?’
The Chefs’ Knowledge is packed with 100 recipes all student and junior chefs need to know, with a whole wealth of information about becoming a chef – Click in the link below to purchase your copy today!
Film and photo credit: Carlos Farinha