City of Bath College students get tips from the top as chefs visit
Cookery students in Bath have been getting tips from top professionals during a week of master classes.
Around 120 youngsters on the City of Bath College's catering and hospitality courses were able to get first-hand experience of working in the industry.
Meanwhile, students were also given the opportunity to assist two chefs who were preparing for a special event at the college.
Andre Garrett, who works at Galvin@Windows, at the top of the Hilton hotel in Park Lane, London, and Sam Moody, head chef at The Bath Priory, were putting on a celebrity chef dinner at the college's Shrubbery restaurant and invited some selected students into the kitchen to help them with the menu.
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One of the visiting master class chefs was Mohan Raj from city restaurant The Mint Room, who shared his spicy secrets on how to create authentic Indian food. He talked about spices from India, whipped up a masala curry sauce and taught students how to toss naan bread dough in the air.
Student Alex Savery, 17, from Newbridge, said: "It's really good to learn from chefs, especially those cooking foods from different countries.
"I've picked up a couple of tips. I am going to try to make curries myself although I'm not sure if mine will taste quite so good. I'll have to keep practising."
Students also got to learn about dim sum Chinese food, coffee farming in developing countries, sustainable seafood and sugar decorations for desserts.
Guest speakers included former students Claire Wilkins, demi-chef de partie at the Bath Priory hotel, Chris Emery, who works with the world-famous Roux family at the Waterside Inn in Bray, and Jon Howe, who trained under Heston Blumenthal, and now runs his own restaurant Lumiere in Cheltenham.
Bridget Halford, head of hospitality, hair, beauty and floristry at the college, said: "We want to increase the employability of our students by showing them the options available.
"Master Class Week showed them they too could soon be working in a Michelin star restaurant. "