Central Bedfordshire College students worked with Award-winning chef and owner of Paris House, Phil Fanning, to put on a successful dinner last week.
Phil mentored six students from the College’s Level 3 NVQ course in Professional Cookery to deliver a three course menu in the style of his fine dining restaurant.
He worked with the College’s Head of Hospitality, Raj Mandal, and the students to deliver the meal.
Three students were given the opportunity of joining Phil and his team in the Woburn-based kitchens to prep their dishes the day before, then Phil and his Head Chef, Ben Hyman, joined all the students to finish and serve the meal on Thursday evening.
Phil said: “When Central Beds approached me to ask for my support, I was delighted to get involved.
“I love mentoring and teaching people my craft and am passionate about helping the next generation of chefs to learn their skills.
“We’re always on the look out for talented individuals to join our team, so helping to give the next generation some real hands-on experience is a privilege.”
The students, Shanay Thomas, Ben Crann, Kyle Francis Saban, Jamal Hunter, Dean Armstong and Harry Burch learnt skills such as fish filleting and preparation, vegetable turning, piping and quenelle making.
Raj Mandal, Head of Hospitality at Central Beds College, added: “We’re delighted that the Paris House team have agreed to work with us on this project.
“It has been an amazing experience for the students to deliver a real meal to real guests in a real high pressure
environment – and to learn from professionals like Phil and Ben.”