01 January 2012
Westminster Kingsway College
Offered on Saturday mornings to school pupils from year 11, the Harrison Scholar Young Chef Programmes have proved an instant success.
So far, nine groups of 12 young chefs have completed the 10 week programme, building their culinary skills week by week and running the end of course graduation lunch event too.
The graduation event is a chance for the aspiring chefs to show their parents what they have been learning. At graduation events held so far, guests have enjoyed a tapas-themed and a modern British-themed lunch. Parents have also been asking if there might be a follow up course offered too!
This year we are expecting almost 100 young chefs to take part in the programme, all having the opportunity to progress onto our full-time training or apprenticeship programmes when they leave school. Chef lecturer Jonathan Warner said: “This is an excellent opportunity to develop culinary skills and knowledge as well as developing teamwork and other life skills too”.
Front of House tutor Zoe Adjey added: “We involve our BTEC national Hospitality Management students in some of the graduation events as it is an opportunity for the young chefs to talk first hand to current students and find out what college life is like”.
Geoff Booth, Vice Principal at Westminster Kingsway College, said: “This has been a resounding success. We look forward to many more to come”.