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Chefs’ Academy trio return for Graduates’ Dinner

28 January 2016

Three talented young chefs from the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy, a two-year life-changing training programme from Exclusive Hotels and Venues, recently returned to City College Brighton and Hove to share their skills with current Catering students for a sell-out ‘Graduates’ Dinner’ at the College’s Gallery restaurant attended by friends and family of the students and regular Gallery customers.

In July 2015, having just completed their studies at City College, Arion Christophers, Fraser Hawkins and Elizabeth Bastable embarked on an intensive two-year journey under the mentoring and leadership of Exclusive’s award-winning chefs. The Exclusive Chefs’ Academy programme has been designed to develop young chefs’ skills, reward their talent with full time employment and further their career in some of the best restaurants in the South of England.

Arion, Elizabeth & Fraser with current City College Catering students

Arion, Elizabeth & Fraser with current City College Catering students

Fraser Hawkins says: 'It was a pleasure for me to be involved in this event because City College gave me the qualifications and push I needed to become a better chef and help me progress in my career. Because the College has a strong link with the Exclusive Chefs' Academy and promotes it to students, it created an amazing opportunity for me. It was really rewarding to come back and show current students what I’ve picked up at the Academy as I’ve learnt so many new techniques and methods of becoming a better, more efficient chef. For the Graduates’ Dinner event, it made life so much easier that the current students definitely know their stuff. When they’re asked to do a job, they know straight away what’s required and you don’t have to mollycoddle them.'

Guest Peter Fern says: 'It was a wonderful event. The menu showed a real imaginative flair and I was particularly impressed with what the chefs achieved with the delicious beetroot starter. The quality of each course was excellent.'

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