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Young chefs received expert advice as our Taste Restaurant hosted an industry event attended by top chefs and food industry professionals. Organised by the Chefs’ Forum, an organisation that brings together top chefs and catering colleges to support the next generation of young chefs, and held at the Merton College, guests were invited for a day of cookery demonstrations, chocolate tasting, a butchery masterclass and expert-led forage at nearby Morden Park.

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As well as having a chance to attend the sessions throughout the day, hospitality students helped host the event, while trainee chefs worked with the college’s chef ambassador Bruno Loubet to produce impressive savoury and sweet canapés. An audience of chefs and students were also treated to Bruno Loubet performing a cookery demonstration of ‘posh pringles’ with a celeriac mousse.

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Loubet, owner of Bistrot Bruno Loubet and Grain Store, said: “The students have been excellent, very professional and extremely enthusiastic. I do a lot with the college as its Chef Ambassador and am very impressed with the students’ performance - it’s great to be able to pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of young chefs.”

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Erica Adyei, 17-year-old, a Level 2 Professional Cookery student, said:  “Today has been really exciting and I’ve learnt a lot from working in the kitchen with professional chefs. Being surrounded by successful people in the catering industry is really inspirational.”

This event was a great success and showed off our fantastic facilities and talented young chef and front of house students to local employers, putting us firmly on the industry map.