Stoke Park Hotel and Langley College team up to inspire a new generation of chefs and hoteliers

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East Berkshire College is delighted to announce that the prestigious Stoke Park Hotel, Spa and Country Club in Buckinghamshire and its award-winning Executive Chef Chris Wheeler will be a patron of the successful Hospitality & Catering Academy at Langley College.

Celebrated chef Chris Wheeler and the team at the five AA red star hotel will be working with the College to help develop new talent for the industry. The partnership will mean budding chefs, hotel managers and those aspiring to a career in front of house service will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business, through a series of masterclasses, work experience opportunities and enrichment activities.

To mark the beginning of this exciting new partnership, level two and three catering students from Langley College visited the hotel recently for a behind-the-scenes tour and the chance to quiz the resident chefs and front of house team on their roles and experiences.

Chris Wheeler, who has been Executive Chef of the hotel’s Humphry’s fine dining restaurant for 14 years and was recently crowned Hotel Chef of the Year (over 250 covers) at the prestigious Hotel Cateys 2016, is keen to inspire young people to pursue a career in the industry.

“We are absolutely delighted to become a Patron of East Berkshire College and their amazing Hospitality & Catering Academy. To be able to support the students, to offer apprenticeships and to encourage them to work in our industry is fundamental and something which is very important to us,” commented Chris Wheeler.

College Principal, Kate Webb, explains: ““We are passionate about providing our students with an enhanced learning experience through our links with leading industry figures. We are, therefore, absolutely delighted to have Chris Wheeler and the team at Stoke Park as a patron of our training academy. By working together, we will be able to give young people, who are just starting out in their careers, the chance to learn from talented individuals at the top of their profession.”

The College’s Hospitality & Catering Academy works in partnership with patrons from some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region to provide an enhanced learning experience for students. Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin star Hand & Flowers restaurant in Marlow is also a patron of the academy, representing the restaurant sector, along with Caroline Fry, Chief Executive of leading corporate and commercial catering company CH&Co, who represents the contract catering sector.

From professional cookery (levels one to three) and food hygiene to front of house service, the academy offers an array of full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships and a new foundation degree in tourism and hospitality management.

For more information on the Hospitality & Catering Academy at Langley College, please click here or call 01753 793000.

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