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Friday, 11 March 2022

Central Bedfordshire schools invited to a ground-breaking Hospitality Industry Taster Day at Central Bedfordshire College

After what has been the toughest two year period in living memory for the hospitality industry, Central Bedfordshire College has organised a ground-breaking taster day event to encourage the next generation of chefs and hospitality professionals to study at the regional centre of culinary excellence.

Secondary school pupils from years 8-11 in all Bedfordshire schools are invited to Central Bedfordshire College on Wednesday 9th March to get a sneak-peek into what the hospitality business is all about.

The two-hour introduction to hospitality will feature a canapé reception followed by cookery demonstrations by local chefs and a special guest appearance by Masterchef Professionals finalist, Exose Grant.

The event will see rap music, culinary theatre and street dance used to engage with the young audience to fill them with aspiration and there will also be a special performance of The Chefs’ Forum Academy’s brand new, custom-written theme tune, “Inspiration”.

The song was written by music artist Dieu-Donne Lopo, brother of Exose, who formerly worked for Celebrity Chef James Martin, before taking over his own kitchen at Boulevard Manchester.  The lyrics are all about the support and opportunities and leading employer links that are available to students studying hospitality and catering at Central Bedfordshire College.

Dieu has used uplifting vocals and inspirational messages to engage with the students, encouraging them to follow their dreams and achieve their goals and stay in education. This is very much needed after a very difficult two years of remote learning and little engagement face-to-face.

After lunch of new plant-based Redefine Meat, New Meat™ vegan burgers, students can enter an interactive eclair filling and decorating competition to be judged by Exose before leaving with goody bags.

The Taster Day is being organised by The Chefs’ Forum in conjunction with Central Bedfordshire College and will see all local schools attend.

TV Chef Sudah Saha of Blue Monk and Jay Michael Coward of The Leg Straps will be demonstrating.

Catherine Farinha, Director of The Chefs’ Forum, said:

“These Taster Days are very important for introducing school pupils into the hospitality profession and a great way for colleges to attract students.

“The Chefs’ Forum is all about bridging the gap between colleges, the chef profession and the wider hospitality community. I’m looking forward to the morning at Central Bedfordshire College. They have just become a Chefs’ Forum Academy which means they now have access to our huge chef database and can maximise the skill base and knowledge of leading chefs.”

Andrew Cluskey, Chef Lecturer at Central Bedfordshire College, concluded:

“This is a brilliant way for us to engage with local schools and showcase our fantastic training kitchens and restaurant here at the college.  The visiting students will get the opportunity to see our students on stage cooking with top chefs and they will event get the opportunity to try their hand at filling and decorating eclairs.  We’re really looking forward to using cookery demonstrations, music and street dance to really connect with our next cohort, whom we hope will become some of the next generation of chefs and hospitality professionals of the future.”

The Chefs’ Forum Academy sees top chefs visiting the college to teach students in their training kitchens.  Michelin-starred chef Daniel Clifford, Chef Patron of Midsummer House, Ross Pike, Chef Director of Oakman Inns, Paul Nichols of The Woburn are all regulars at the college, inspiring students, forging employer links and enriching students’ learning.


Photo by Gareth Davies Media.

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