Tomorrow's culinary talent cooks up a storm at Great Bath Feast food festival
They're not yet Michelin-starred chefs.
But the Great Bath Feast food festival is celebrating the up and coming culinary talent that is being nurtured in the city.
For 40 years, catering and cooking have been on the timetable at the City of Bath College but over the decades the course has developed so now students get master classes from guest lecturers, work alongside top chefs and experience working in some of the city's busiest kitchens.
The students also get to try their hand at running their own food business with the college's restaurant, which is open four days a week, and its bistro, which is open five days a week.
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Bridget Halford, head of hospitality, hair, beauty and floristry at the college, said the course had had many success stories including Andre Garrett, who is head chef at the Galvin at Windows restaurant in London.
She said: "We've had them go off to do foundation degrees, to work in Michelin-starred restaurants, joining trainee management programmes, or joining the industry locally."
Jason Godwin, 17, from Bristol, is now in the second year of his catering course.
He said the course allowed students to get on with the job and because of its location in the centre of Bath gave them chance to work with local chefs.
He said: "There's lots of practical work and you get to learn all the different areas. We had Sam Moody from the Priory come in and work with us and it was good being under him."
Mrs Halford said the course's secret to success was its strong links with the industry through restaurants such as Demuths and the Bath Priory.
She said: "We work well with industry. We try to reflect what industry is like rather than just sitting in the classroom and learning about it.
"This is why we have them run the restaurant four days a week.
"Hopefully it is what industry wants and it seems to be.
"We try to get them exposed to as many experiences as we can which is why we got involved with the food feast. Some of the students have worked alongside the likes of Michael Caines and see someone like that work up close – you can't teach that."
For the Great Bath Feast, students from the City of Bath College catered for the Good Food Awards held at the Guildhall earlier this month.
Mrs Halford said the Great Bath Feast was a chance for the city to sell itself and celebrate all it has to offer.
She said: "It's an amazing opportunity. We've got some very good establishments in Bath and we're probably second only to London, so it's great we're raising the profile."
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