Students create connections at National Forum

Students create connections at National Forum

Ayrshire College students got the opportunity to attend a National Chef’s conference at Costley & Costley’s Lochgreen House Hotel in Troon this week.

Scotland's Professional Chef's Forum 2019 featured the latest food ideas and techniques through demonstrations and panel discussions and brought together some of the country's best chefs, food producers and personalities.

Nine SVQ Professional Cookery students watched and supported cookery demonstrations and two HNC Hospitality students supported the Front of House throughout the event.

Professional Cookery student Thomas Maudsley said “I arrived early and managed to get involved in some of the preparation in the kitchen. I found the demonstrations, in a word, amazing! A great learning experience and I was overwhelmed by the knowledge and skill of the chefs on show.”

A round-up panel discussion featured Bill Costley and well-known industry chefs, Mark Greenaway of Edinburgh restaurant Grazing, Lorna NcNee from Gleneagles Hotel and Jonathan McDonald from Glasgow’s Ox & Finch restaurant.

Hospitality Lecturer, Euan Currie, said “the conference was a great success, attended by delegates from both industry and education, with fantastic demonstrations from heavyweights of the industry showcasing the produce and talent that Scotland has to offer, with their diverse and knowledgeable skill set.

“The Q and A session was a great end to the day for us all to discuss some hot topics, including the journey for our future talent from college into industry.”

19 September 2019

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