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Lisa Goodwin-Allen talks to The Manchester College students

The Manchester College and The Chefs' Forum

Unique partnership between The Manchester College and The Chefs' Forum is the cherry on the cake for catering students.

Catering and Hospitality students at The Manchester College are promised unrivalled access to the UK’s most inspirational culinary experts, with a brand new partnership with the renowned Chefs' Forum Academy - the only College in Greater Manchester to be offering this exciting new venture.

With access to the expertise and inspiration of the country’s most experienced chefs, the opportunity to work within prestigious hotels and restaurants and national events, and exposure to busy restaurant kitchens, the students are promised a curriculum that delivers a five star service.  

Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal at The Manchester College endorses the partnership: “The Chefs' Forum Academy will provide unrivalled access to boost our student’s curriculum and work experience. The academy will prepare them for a future in catering and hospitality with weekly access to established chefs, work placements and educational visits, providing a rich and exciting curriculum.

"We are delighted to be able to provide this experience for our students; preparing them for a future job placement in the catering industry and supporting a future generation of inspirational, creative and experienced chefs.”

The Academy will work with The Manchester College students, to provide:

  • Weekly access to established chefs/ hospitality experts from across the UK
  • Work placements in prestigious hotels and restaurants
  • Open question and answer sessions with industry leaders
  • Educational visits to restaurants to benefit from good practice
  • Work experience at national events.

Catherine Farinha, Founder of The Chefs' Forum said: “We’re delighted to be launching the third Chefs' Forum Academy nationally with The Manchester College, as part of our roll-out strategy.

"Local chefs’ interest in the academy has been unprecedented and it is great to see so many chef’s interested in enriching the learning and teaching at the College. The Chef’s Forum Academy concept works extremely well for all involved and secures the next generation of chefs and hospitality professionals entering into the industry.

"We’re thrilled that Lisa Goodwin-Allen and Simon Wood have pledged to become patrons of the Academy as a result of the fantastic lunch they worked on with The Manchester College students earlier this year”

Earlier this year a selection of students at The Manchester College were able to work with four nationally renowned chefs to create a four course menu for over 70 industry professionals and special guests. TV chef James Martin and Masterchef winner Simon Wood, Rochdale-based Andrew Nutter and Lisa Goodwin-Allen from the Michelin starred Northcote restaurant, donned their chef whites and worked with students at The Manchester College Openshaw campus.

The event raised over £3,000 for The Chef’s Forum Educational Foundation CIC and resulted in work placements in prestigious kitchens for some of the students and followed by a second Forum event at James Martin Manchester on Monday 15 July.

Find out more about the wide range of Hospitality and Catering courses at The Manchester College.