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18 May 2017

One of our students has been offered a trial shift with a Roux Scholar and another student will get an apprenticeship opportunity with the restaurant at Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 following a highly successful Chefs’ Forum at TASTE  Restaurant this week.

Over 50 of London’s top chefs and food industry professionals descended on Hammersmith & Fulham College for the event headlined by Roux Scholar and Chamberlain’s Restaurant chef Andrew Jones and featuring a butchery masterclass from Walter Rose Butchers. The event was a great day of cookery demonstrations and networking with our students given the opportunity to work closely with industry innovators and influencers.

The event began with Andrew Jones preparing and serving canapes from West London’s College - an experience that impressed him so much he offered a trial shift at Chamberlain’s to  Level 3 Professional Cookery student Maliece Thomas-Payne.

Maliece was the first student to arrive in the morning and very much enjoyed the day. She said:

“This has been an amazing experience – to work with Andrew in our college kitchen has really encouraged me. I loved working with fish today and have really appreciated being part of this amazing event.  I can’t wait for my trial shift at Chamberlains. Andrew was very inspirational and it was fascinating to see how many things he could do at once”.

Andrew himself was equally impressed, saying: 

“Being here at the college takes me back to when I was training and I have been really impressed with the standard of the students work today, their positivity and willingness to get on with the job. I am looking forward to welcoming Maliece into my kitchen at Chamberlain’s as a result of excellent performance in her college kitchen and as my commis chef on the Chefs’ Forum demo stage today.  She was first in the kitchen this morning which is always a good sign.  She had a positive attitude and was a pleasure to work with.”

The forum then featured showcases from Nestle Professional and Koppert Cress before Jack Cook from Walter Rose Butchers performed a butchery masterclass and held a steak cutting competition, won by JJ Kirijanovas (17). JJ won a fantastic Flint and Flame Santoku Knife after beating all comers - including Jack Cook himself - when he cut a steak that was exactly eight ounces. JJ said it was an "amazing moment" when he realised what he'd done and that he'd won the knife. 

The College was offered the chance to host the event after entering a number of high profile competitions including Toque D'or and Tabasco Hot Chef. The offer followed a considerable amount of hard work from Denise Charles, Curriculum Manager for Hospitality & Catering who said:

“Hosting the Chef’s Forum was a fantastic event for the College and it was a real pleasure to have the chance to give our students access to such a wide range of industry professionals. The College is making big investments into hospitality through the Southall Manor House project so being able to meet and discuss opportunities with companies like Harrods and Hilton Hotels was a wonderful experience. I was delighted for Maliece to receive her trial with Chamberlain’s, and to watch our students rise to the challenge of working with an industry leading chef.”

West London's College gives you real connections with industry and numerous opportunities to develop your skills in real world environments. Find out more about our great range of Hospitality & Catering courses at wlc.ac.uk/courses/hospitality-catering