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The Chefs' Forum event

Students showcase their skills to leading chefs

The Manchester College Hospitality and Catering students teamed up with top chefs at the launch of The Chefs’ Knowledge book for students and junior chefs.

To celebrate the launch of their new book to support students and junior chefs making their way in the Hospitality and Catering industry, The Chefs’ Knowledge, The Manchester College’s industry partner The Chefs’ Forum hosted a special event at Ducie Street Warehouse in Manchester. 

The College’s Hospitality and Catering students helped to prepare a four course meal for guests, working alongside leading chefs including Simon Wood, Exose Grant, Scott Munro, Maisy Downing and Manuela Quesada.

Head Chef at Ducie Street Warehouse, Scott Munro said: “We love working with local schools and colleges to inspire the next generation of chefs and hospitality professionals." 

It’s great to have so many fabulous chefs and students sharing our kitchens today. There really is a great buzz about the place. We’re hopefully going to be offering a couple of students jobs as a result of this fantastic event.

The Chefs’ Forum and The Manchester College have been in partnership since July 2019, leading to some of the country’s top chefs visiting the College and delivering live masterclasses, as well as expert advice.

Christine Kenyon, Deputy Principal, The Manchester College, said: “In partnership with The Chefs’ Forum our students have unrivalled access to working with some of the UKs best chefs and opportunities to gain industry experience that equips them with the skills they will need when they enter the workforce. This event was a further example of how this partnership works and we were delighted to support it.”

Acting students from the College’s sister organisation UCEN Manchester have also been involved in The Chefs’ Knowledge project, recording an audio version of the book that The Chefs’ Forum hope will help students with dyslexia access the book.

Catherine Farinha, founder of The Chefs’Forum said: “Whilst in Manchester we also recorded the audio version of The Chefs’ Knowledge using 3rd year actors from the drama department of UCEN Manchester. It’s a really exciting project that really showcases where we are going with chef education. We’re not satisfied with just a book. There are plenty of chefs who suffer from dyslexia and we want to give them something to listen to that helps them learn in a new way.”

On Wednesday 8 February, The Manchester College will host an evening with Exose Grant, MasterChef : The Professionals Finalist 2019, in conjunction with The Chefs' Forum Academy at the College’s new 1853 restaurant at City Campus Manchester. Tickets are currently available.