Catering students will prepare canapés for top chefs and industry professionals from across the region at the launch of The Chefs’ Forum Academy at Weston College on Monday 18th April, next week.

Prestigious guests include Michelin Star chef Hywel Jones and Roux Scholar 2013 Paul O’Neill.

The Chefs’ Forum serves to bridge the gap between education and industry, inspiring young chefs and front-of-house professionals.

The launch of The Chefs’ Forum Academy at Weston College follows five years of very successful quarterly networking events, working with hospitality industry specialists and College students.

The Chefs’ 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 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.

The Chefs’ Forum Academy team of experts will make the students work-ready and student work experience placements will be secured at the best properties and businesses involved in the region including Lucknam Park (Colerne), Berwick Lodge (Bristol), Cliveden House (Taplow), Walter Rose & Son Butchers (Devizes), Total Produce (Bristol) and Easy Jose Coffee (Bath).

The Chefs’ Forum Founder Catherine Farinha and Andrew Skinner, Hospitality and Catering Lecturer at Weston College, will present plans for The Chefs’ Forum Academy and explain the objectives of the partnership.

Weston College students will also be running front of house, offering guests delicious canapés along with welcoming and organising top chefs in attendance.

Roux Scholar Paul O’Neill (Berwick Lodge) and Jack Cook (Walter Rose) will team-up perform a demonstration of the relationship between ‘The Butcher and The Chef’ – Choice cuts of top quality meat making world-class dishes!

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