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Chef’s Forum at Rick Stein Porthleven

18th Mar 2015

On Monday the 16th March 2015, Rick Stein Porthleven hosted the Chefs’ Forum a Cornish event bringing together hospitality students and prospective employers whilst celebrating local produce.

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Top chefs from all over Cornwall met at our restaurant in Porthleven to learn more about locally grown seaweed and sea salt.  Students from Cornwall College and Truro & Penwith College worked under head chef Simon Allott, head chef of Rick Stein’s Fish Falmouth, Luke Taylor and newly appointed head chef at Rick Stein Fistral, Fergus Coyle.

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The students’ created canapés such as goujons of lemon sole, grilled mackerel with pickled vegetables and passionfruit tarts with coconut under the guidance of Simon, Fergus and Luke. They proved a real hit with their audience of culinary experts, accompanied by a welcome drink of Nyetimber English sparkling wine, which is also served at the restaurant.

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Fergus commented: “I’ve really enjoyed mentoring the students today.  They were all very keen and a pleasure to work with.  It’s really impressive to see the quality of the candidates coming through Cornish Colleges and a great sign for the industry”.

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Other events during the day included a wine tasting from Nyetimber Valley, a cookery demonstration by Simon and Fergus, Cornish seaweed sampling and a live salt making demonstration.

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Catherine Farinha, Founder of The Chefs’ Forum commented: “I think this has to be one of the most popular events we’ve ever done in Cornwall.  The attendance today has been brilliant with over fifty chefs attending and enjoying this quarter’s Cornish event.  It was also lovely to see students from two local colleges working together and networking with each other as well as employers.  There is a tremendous feel-good factor as we see the next generation of hospitality professionals putting themselves forward and taking part in events like this.”

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Philip Oakes, Programme Coordinator, Full time courses, Cornwall College Camborne added:

“The College has worked with The Chefs’ Forum, showcasing its students at quarterly events since its launch in Cornwall in 2013.  The Forum’s quarterly events, each with a different theme make for plenty of curriculum enrichment opportunity for our students.  This really motivates and inspires them whilst boosting confidence to approach potential employers.  It is really positive that they are meeting peers from other colleges to compare notes and experiences. Chefs’ Forum events help make our students more work-ready”.

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For more pictures from the event, take a look at our Facebook page.

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