Chefs from Holbeck Ghyll are set to join students from Kendal College who are enrolled on the catering programme to create a one-off dining event at the college restaurant on the evening of Wednesday 30th October.
The menu is inspired by firm favourites from Holbeck’s menus, with dishes including cod cheek and haddock chowder with mussel, watercress and rye, orange salted duck breast with celeriac, blackberry and red veined sorrel and lemon and honey jaconde, with honeycomb, bee pollen, tonka bean and lemon balm.
The ingredients for the evening were prepped ahead of service with the students from the college working alongside head chef Luke Newton and his team to help the students understand the construction of the menu and the techniques used to create the dishes they would be working on later.
Students are given the opportunity to participate in enrichment events over the year, visiting local hotels to gain valuable insight into the workings of these businesses. Students participate in local, regional and national competitions and alongside that students are also given the opportunity to travel to food destinations around the globe.
In order to raise funds towards their international trips a number of students are given the opportunity to join the Hospitality Department’s Culinary Team, who are employed by the college to support additional corporate events, the money raised from these events is then put towards covering the costs of the end of year foreign food experience. Previous students have visited top restaurants and hotels in Dubai, Toronto, Japan, Spain and Italy helping to broaden the students understanding of different food cultures, ingredients and chef techniques.
Each guest chef collaboration at Kendal College is designed to expose the students to working in a pressured kitchen environment, to given them an insight into different ingredients, varied cooking styles and levels of creativity of a number of professional chefs. All of which is designed to build the students skills, their knowledge and their confidence.
Holbeck Ghyll General Manager, Elia Shreiber, commented: “Kendal College has played an important part in developing the cookery skills of many chefs across Cumbria and further afield, including a member of our own team pastry chef Ben Barker. Our event at Kendal College on 30th October is about giving something back. It’s important to me that resources like this College are recognised and supported as fully as possible. If we as a region want to continue to be represented amongst the very best food destinations in the country then we need to continue to nurture and develop our own home-grown talent, which the team at Holbeck Ghyll fully support.”