College students and top chefs gathered at Bristol Harbour Hotel this week for a day of menu inspiration, knowledge sharing, wine tasting and cooking demonstrations as part of a Chefs’ Forum event.
‘Fabulous fish in the banking hall’ was the title of the event and highlights of the day included: Head Chef Christian Wragge from the Bristol Harbour Hotel working with College students to produce delicious canapes, a series of high-speed fish filleting demos from Darren Whelen, owner of Kingfisher Brixham’s Fishmonger and a fish filleting against the clock competition for College students.
Ryan Fernandes, Chef Lecturer at City of Bristol College said: "As a College, we are continuously improving our links with Bristol-based employers in the catering industry and the Chefs' Forum is a perfect vehicle to do this. This event was an excellent opportunity for our students to meet and learn from industry experts who excel in the catering field as well as allowing them to showcase their skills.”
The day finished with the fish filleting competition, which saw College catering student Fenton Partridge pipping his competitors to the post with his perfectly filleted mackerel. Fenton was awarded a Sakai Takayuki Japanese paring knife.
Fenton tells us more: “The event was amazing and I’m really excited that I won the knife.”
Catherine Farinha, Founder of the Chefs' Forum and event organiser concluded: “The event this week was a real success. We are truly grateful for the on-going support offered by the great chefs of Bristol, celebrating such a vibrant and diverse food scene in the newly-crowned Sunday Times Newspaper’s best Place to Live!”