Chefs of the Future at Stirling
Chefs of the Future
A new generation of hospitality professionals delivered a first class meal and high quality service at a special Chefs of the Future event recently.
Held at Forth Valley College’s Gallery Restaurant at the Stirling Campus on Tuesday 6 February – and organised in partnership between FVC and STEP - the event was attended by representatives of more than 50 food and drinks businesses.
Main speakers at the event were FVC Principal Dr Ken Thomson, Gordon Bell, Chief Executive of STEP, Marysia Paszkowska Head Chef at Monachyle Mhor and Craig Anderson FVC’s Business Development Coordinator in the Department of Hospitality and Salon Services, who outlined what FVC has to offer in Hospitality courses, facilities, skills and partnerships.
This year’s Chefs of the Future event also aimed to take account of the recent UK-wide People 1st Report which highlighted the national shortage of chefs and what FVC were doing in order to help address this shortfall.
FVC Principal Dr Ken Thomson, said: “Once again the students and staff in our Hospitality Department have created a wonderful evening of fine dining accompanied by a very high standard of service. It was great to welcome so many professionals from the food and drinks industry to the event and we hope they enjoyed the evening as much as me. The continued backing of STEP for this the fourth event of its kind, is also very important for us and we hope this relationship will grow from strength to strength in the years to come.”
Gordon Bell, Chief Executive of STEP, said: “We have been delighted to partner with FVC once again to celebrate the Chefs of the Future. Food, Drink and Tourism is an integral part of the sector support work we do here at STEP and facilitating the opportunity for graduate chefs and Forth Valley College to showcase their talent to some of the top businesses in Stirling, is a pleasure.”
Craig Anderson, FVC’s Business Development Coordinator in the Department of Hospitality and Salon Services, said: “Our Chefs of the Future event was a great opportunity for us to showcase what we can offer the Hospitality industry locally, nationally and internationally.
“The dinner was also an excellent platform for us to talk about our recent highlights and successes. These include our link up with HIT Scotland and our partnership with Springboard UK who along with Developing the Young Workforce Forth Valley organise ‘Takeover Days’ for secondary school pupils to come to our Stirling Campus and take part in workshops covering all areas of the Hospitality sector. It was also nice to highlight our scholarship routes – after college – to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
“It really was a fantastic event and we have been delighted by the feedback we have received from those who attended.”
For more information about our Hospitality courses, facilities and the Gallery Restaurant please call 01324 403000