Two talented young chefs from City College Brighton and Hove have been awarded places in the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy, a two-year life-changing training programme from Exclusive Hotels and Venues which launched recently after a three month search and selection process. Following a huge amount of interest from talented chefs attracted to the Academy, George Martin and Jacqui Drynan were amongst the thirteen chefs who succeeded in securing a place on the prestigious programme.
The successful candidates undertook a series of processes to secure their place, including completing a rigorous online application form, two skills tests and an onsite assessment day before Exclusive Hotels and Venues’ Executive Chef Andy Mackenzie and his panel of judges reached their decision. Each of the chefs will have the opportunity to learn from Exclusive’s award-winning Chefs including two Michelin-star Head Chef Michael Wignall at The Latymer at Pennyhill Park in Surrey, one Michelin-star Executive Chef Richard Davies at The Bybrook at The Manor House, Castle Combe, and current MasterChef The Professionals winner, Steven Edwards, who is Head Chef at The Camellia in South Lodge near Horsham.
The Chefs’ Academy is the brainchild of Mackenzie who, together with Exclusive’s group of award winning restaurant chefs, has carefully designed an intensive programme to both attract and nurture aspiring talent to the industry. Over the course of the two years each chef will experience on-the-job training, off-site supplier visits, supervisory skills workshops, team challenges and master-classes designed to fast track their career to Chef De Partie level in what would typically take five years to achieve.
Andy comments: “I have been overwhelmed with the quality of candidates applying to the Academy and their individual determination to secure their place. It’s going to be an exciting and challenging two years ahead for the chefs on the programme and for our own chefs who are ready to inspire and develop what we believe to be the UK’s freshest new talent.”
City College Catering tutor Allan Paul adds: “George and Jaqui were really committed students who made the most of the opportunities we gave them to refine their culinary skills so its fantastic to see them progress onto this exciting programme.”
The Exclusive Chefs’ Academy kicked off this month, across the Exclusive Hotels and Venues group of country house properties in the South East.
For media queries on the Chefs’ Academy, contact Julia Gosling on 01892 617912 or email Julia.Gosling@daviestanner.co.uk
About Exclusive Hotels and Venues: Exclusive Hotels and Venues is a select group of stunning country house hotels and venues in beautiful destinations, each dedicated to providing the ultimate guest experience. Offering a unique combination of individual personality and design but with a common flair for innovation and exceptional service, Exclusive Hotels and Venues provide an idyllic escape for business or pleasure. www.exclusive.co.uk
About City College Brighton and Hove: Situated in the heart of Brighton and graded ‘Outstanding’ in key areas by Ofsted in its June 2011 report, City College Brighton and Hove is an international centre of vocational excellence and one of the top performing Further Education Colleges in the country. Every year, 2,000 full-time, 7,000 part time, 400 Higher Education and 400 14-16 year old students as well as many international and European students choose City College as their place of further and higher education training. In addition, the College provides training to over 2,000 businesses via its ‘City Business Skills’ department which focuses on employer training needs. Offering over 700 courses from basic level right through to business and postgraduate training, City College is working with its partners to develop the workforce of the future.
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