Top chefs serve-up a lesson in Michelin-starred cuisine to students

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Inspiring the next generation, two leading chefs from the two Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers in Marlow recently gave Hospitality & Catering students at East Berkshire College an exclusive masterclass in producing award winning cuisine.

Head Chef Aaron Mulliss and Sous Chef Jamie May took time out from one of the country's most prestigious restaurants, which is owned by renowned chef Tom Kerridge, to spend the morning teaching students how to make one of the signature dishes on their menu.

Eleven catering students at Langley College took part in the special workshop, which saw them recreate one of the restaurant's most popular starters, smoked haddock omelette. A firm favourite with diners, the dish tested the students' skills in filleting a fish and making the perfect hollandaise sauce.

Aaron, who has worked alongside Tom Kerridge at the Hand and Flowers for over six years, explains: "It is great to be able to come to East Berkshire College and pass on some of my skills and knowledge to the students. The facilities here are fantastic, I had nothing like this when I was at college."

He continues: "The Hand & Flowers is proud to be a patron of the academy here. I believe it is important to give something back and inspire the next generation. To be a good chef, you need to have a passion for food and a drive to succeed. It is a tough industry, but if you love cooking, it is the best job in the world because you get to feed people and make them happy."

The first pub to receive two Michelin stars, the Hand and Flowers is a patron of the College's new Hospitality & Catering Academy. Officially opened in October 2013, the academy works in partnership with some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region to provide students with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

Jenna Driver, who is studying a level two professional cookery course at Langley College, enthused: "It was a real privilege to be able to learn from such top chefs and great to pick up some tips from them. I'd filleted a fish before but I had never made a hollandaise sauce, so this dish was quite a challenge. I really wanted to get it right for Aaron and Jamie."

Yvette Marshall, Manger of the College's Hospitality & Catering Academy, added: "This was an amazing opportunity for our students to work with some of the finest chefs in the country and see what Michelin standard cooking is all about. The students did brilliantly. They have progressed so much since they first started, you almost forget this is a training restaurant."

From professional cookery and food hygiene to front of house service, the new academy offers an array of full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships. The College also delivers a range of short courses including wine tasting, Italian cookery and cake decorating.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range of Hospitality & Catering courses, call 0845 373 2500 or click here.

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