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City of Bristol College strikes new partnership with The School of Food to better the future of chefs and hospitality staff

City of Bristol College has formed a prosperous partnership with The School of Food which will benefit people across Bristol and beyond.

The partnership will support the development of the chefs of the future with a focus on sustainability. The rising stars of the culinary world will be prepared for working in pubs, hotels and restaurants.

The School of Food is a training initiative meeting the demand for skilled chefs and front of house staff. With access to a diverse and high-quality range of industry professionals, college students will benefit from links with tailored masterclasses, visits to restaurants, suppliers and growers and a series of practical lessons from highly experienced and expert chefs.

The School of Food’s Director Patrick Tucker said: “We aim to influence both the hospitality sector and further education sector with a focus on playing a part in the rebuilding of the industry which is needed due to Covid-19. We will also look to raise the profile and prestige of further education colleges to demonstrate the critical role they play in creating a more skilled and prosperous society.”

The main aim of the partnership is to develop chefs and front of house staff of all ages and skill levels in order to progress learners through their career and to ensure the food and hospitality sector has the highest levels of skillset for the future.

It will further support the growing development of the college’s Catering and Hospitality courses across it’s College Green and South Bristol Skills Academy (SBSA) sites. The partnership will develop the curriculum to ensure leading and expert professionals are delivering learning and passing their skills to the learners.

City of Bristol College’s Assistant Director of Foundation Learning and Skills, Cathy Bowstead, said: “This exciting collaboration will offer our learners many fantastic opportunities to develop the skills, experience and confidence they need to gain employment & to contribute to our vibrant City”

Plans are set to be in place for the New Year and it is hoped the launch will happen at the college’s SBSA site with a masterclass with Michelin star chef Josh Eggleton and Adrian Kirkmaa of St Monica Trust and co-founder of The School of Food.

Josh is the Chef Patron of the multi-award-winning Chew Magna pub, The Pony & Trap. Alongside this venture, he also runs a restaurant, a Mongolian yurt bistro and a leading fish and chip restaurant.

Adrian was winner of Best Ambassador for Food 2014, and is also heavily involved in local charities including Fareshare, Feeding Bristol #HolidayHunger, 91 ways and Bristol Bears Community Trust. Adrian was also awarded The Lord Mayors Medal for charity work in the community in 2018.

To reap the benefits of City of Bristol College and The School of Food’s partnership, apply today to one of the college’s range of Catering and Hospitality courses at all levels. Find out more here.

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