Weston College to host Hospitality Industry Taster Day

05 Mar 2019

Weston College to host Hospitality Industry Taster Day

Weston College has joined forces with the Chefs’ Forum Academy to host an event promoting careers in the hospitality industry.

Some of the region’s top chefs will be demonstrating at the Hospitality Industry Taster Day, which takes place at the Winter Gardens, 11.30am-1.30pm on Wednesday 20th March.

This free event – which is open to year 8, 9, 10 and 11 pupils, and college students – will showcase the hospitality industry as a career option. Guests will be treated to mocktails, canapés and beef burgers.

The day will be even more interactive than last year’s successful event, with 20-minute masterclasses showcasing culinary expertise such as butchery, beef cookery, the secrets of herbs and spices, and intricate pastry techniques.

Local schools are being urged to register their interest as soon as possible, as last year’s event was fully booked. With only 450 spaces available – and schools from Weston, Bristol, Somerset and surrounding areas confirming their attendance daily – places are being offered on a first come, first served basis.

Sandra Bull, Divisional Lead for Hospitality and Catering at Weston College, said “We are pleased to have some of the region’s top chefs involved to show how rewarding and exciting a career in the industry can be.”

The Chefs’ Academy Forum is a network of industry experts that supports the next generation of chefs. As well as showcasing their skills at the taster day, Forum experts teach Weston College hospitality students, enriching learning through bespoke cookery masterclasses in the College kitchens.

Jack Cook, of award-winning Devizes butchers Walter Rose & Son, will perform a beef butchery demo in advance of Great British Beef Week. All school pupils attending the event will get a delicious Walter Rose Angus x Hereford Stokes Marsh Farm beef burger, with delicious garnishes produced by College catering students.

Le Manoir-trained chef Amy Nancollis, from Oak and Glass restaurant in Weston, will join chefs Andy Chan and Tom Everard Fairburn, of Thornbury Castle Hotel, in putting on excellent cookery demonstrations. They will also give students the chance to get involved in an éclair filling and decorating competition.

Topping the day off will be a spice masterclass from Sam Guarino, of Santa Maria. Sam will talk budding young chefs through the tasty world of herbs and spices.

Chefs’ Forum Founder, Catherine Farinha, said: “It was a real honour to be asked to hold this event with Weston College again this year. If a handful of students who attend the event are inspired to study catering and hospitality because of the fantastic industry experts on show, then our work here is done.”

To book your place please contact your school or email sandra.bull@weston.ac.uk

See clips from last year’s event here.

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