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Class Dismissed: Culinary Classroom class of 2023-24 take a bow!

21 May 2024

Students participating in the 10-month learning and development programme offered by Angel Hill and Academy, part of the OCS Group, have now graduated.

The Culinary Classroom programme is a transformative 10-month learning and development journey that offers chefs from across Angel Hill and Academy the unique opportunity to hone their craft and delve deeper into the intricacies of the culinary world. This initiative, a testament to Angel Hill and Academy’s commitment to investing in its people, saw chefs from diverse sectors engage in a comprehensive culinary learning journey. The programme emphasised the acquisition of a renewed understanding, respect, and appreciation for the origins of the food we eat. 

The curriculum spanned various culinary disciplines, covering topics from water-conserving vertical farming techniques to low-carbon footprint recipes. It also delved into the art of breadmaking, chocolatier skills, butchering nuances, and immersive experiences like road shows and street food safaris. These sessions, orchestrated by their catering executive development team, addressed vital aspects of the catering business, like hospitality, menu planning, and financial awareness. 

The penultimate module was a hands-on class on pasta-making, covering handmade pasta, egg pasta, gnocchi, and risotto. After mastering these skills, the chefs were challenged to craft original recipes. The kitchen buzzed with creativity as chefs collaboratively developed fresh pasta dishes brimming with flavour. To acknowledge their successful completion of the programme, each participant was presented with an engraved kitchen knife, symbolising their proficiency and growth. 

The concluding module featured an exhilarating day immersed in road shows and exploring renowned street food hubs. Here, the chefs gained invaluable first-hand experience of the business process from the customer’s perspective, providing insights into crucial elements such as pricing, presentation, and marketing strategies. 

What lies ahead for the Culinary Classroom graduates? They attended the Hotel, Restaurant & Catering show, an annual event hosting the esteemed International Salon Culinaire competition. The Culinary Classroom students have now been introduced to this prestigious competition, and the Angel Hill and Academy chef development teams will mentor them as they prepare to compete in 2025. Additionally, they will actively participate in mentoring and collaborating with the chef development team to lead regional skill-based workshops, contributing to the training of new and existing colleagues across Angel Hill and Academy. 

Zoe Boland, Academy Chef Manager at Marshalls Park Academy, said: "I’ve had an amazing experience and gained so much knowledge over the past 10 months. I really appreciate the chef development team hosting this fantastic course and I’m truly grateful for the gift. The culinary classroom has built my confidence within the kitchen immensely. Everybody on the culinary classroom programmer is such lovely and genuine people; I’ve taken away invaluable experience from their support too!"

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