Top London Chefs and West London’s College Students Enjoy Sushi and Elegant Style at London’s Buddha Bar

Lucky West London’s College chef students participated in a master class of sushi cuisine at London’s Buddha Bar.  Top chefs from across the capital gathered for a day of menu inspiration and continual professional development with fascinating cookery and cocktail masterclasses delivered by the talented team at Buddha Bar, London.

In 1996, Raymond Visan opened the first Buddha bar in Paris.  Since then, the uber-stylish Buddha Bar brand has become one of the world’s most successful with outposts in over a dozen destinations worldwide including Monte Carlo, Moscow and Manila.

With its ground-breaking Pan Asian menu and chic nightclub vibe, Buddha Bar (London) has gone down a storm with The Capital’s ‘cool crew’ and celebrities alike and The Chefs’ Forum were delighted to hold an event there.

Chef Chanaka and the studentsThe 17th July saw The Chefs’ Forum stage one of its quarterly London events at this exciting venue in partnership with top further education college West London College to showcase students’ skills to top London chefs.  It is events like these which forge valuable links between the College and employers.

Sixty top chefs from across London were treated to a day of Continual Professional Development (CPD) and menu inspiration as well as a highly impressive cocktail master class by Bar Manager Antonio Zoran Matskovski.

Catering and Front of House Students from West London’s College joined young guest apprentices from Corbin & King and the Buddha Bar team for a day of inspirational curriculum enrichment as they prepared and served canapés of the Buddha Bar menu, giving them a day of work experience outside of their usual environment, learning world cuisine!

Paul Da Costa Greaves from Koppert CressBragard Fashion ShowHighlights of the day included an introduction to Gastronomixs, a new menu building block tool to help chefs stay ahead of the culinary game, a mini ‘Cressperience’ by Paul Da Costa Greaves of Koppert Cress showcasing new species of Dutch cress and micro greens, a sushi masterclass, cookery demos of Buddha Bar signature dishes and a fashion show of the latest chef and front of house uniforms by Bragard UK.

Head Chef Chanaka Fernando commented:

“My team and I really loved hosting and taking part in this fabulous event. Working with West London’s College Students reminded me of when I trained as a young chef. The Chefs’ Forum was a great chance for us to demonstrate our sushi skills and menu to our chef peers and students alike.”Cocktail Masterclass

West London’s College champions world food in its catering curriculum to represent the multicultural diversity of London and its students.  Last week saw two students attend a Maki masterclass taught by Head Sushi Chef Rasel Miah and Chef Hasan Sayed in advance of The Chefs’ Forum event. West London’s College Level 1 Professional Cookery students Masoomeh Asri and Humaira Rahmanee then demonstrated their new skills on the day in making canapés and sushi for seventy chefs/potential employers from across the capital who attended the event.

Head of Curriculum for SeChanka's demorvice Industries at West London’s College, Denise Charles said:

“Today has been a great day for my students. Attending Chefs’ Forum events builds employability and independence skills.  I was very proud to see my young team making their own way to such an impressive venue and organising themselves to participate.  These are crucial life skills that they need to have on entering the world of work. I am delighSushi demoted that the team at Buddha Bar have pledged work experience to my students going forward.”

Founded in 2010 by Catherine Farinha, The Chefs’ Forum now holds thirty-six UK chefs’ conventions across nine regions from the London to Cornwall, Birmingham, Wales and Kent.  Any chefs, suppliers or colleges wishing to take part should contact

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