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A violin repair tutor from Merton College has been lending his talents to a music school in Uganda, training none other than Charles Dickens. Keith Graves swapped the Merton College swapped for two weeks at the Kampala Music School teaching student Charles how to repair violins and helping maintaining work on their violins, cellos and basses. Having a famous namesake isn't the only reason people are talking about Charles – thanks to Keith, he is now the only trained string repairer in East Africa.
Hospitality and Catering students from Merton College produced a stunning four course meal under the supervision of acclaimed chef Bruno Loubet to raise almost £1000 for charity. The students withstood the heat in the kitchen to cater for 64 lucky residents and employers from the local area who were invited to the student-run Taste restaurant at Merton College. The event was organised to raise money for Action Against Hunger, fund new equipment for the students and to give them vital experience of working at a large-scale catering event.
An aspiring chef from Merton College cooked up a three course storm to be crowned the winner of the district final of the Rotary Club's Junior Chef Challenge. Held at our £5.7m Hospitality and Catering Academy which opened in September, the competition saw 17-year-old Mark Shields beat 11 other entrants to the top spot.
A student entrepreneur from Merton College is set to take the business world by storm after winning a national enterprise competition. Julieta Ose Ahmedze, an 18-year-old Level 3 business student, won £1,000 after giving a three minute pitch on her oxygen cocktail business idea, OxyOse, at the 2014 Student Enterprise Conference in Sheffield. And now the student has investors and banks vying to offer her the £30,000 investment to grow her business.
The search for stars got underway at Merton College recently, with an event to rival Simon Cowell's famous television talent show. Forget Britain's Got Talent, it was students from the Merton College who took to the stage to show off the impressive skills they usually keep under wraps in the classroom.