THE College’s new Printworks Campus played host to two industry experts who paid a visit to help officially open its on-site commercial facilities.
Chef, author, cookery school proprietor and star of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Rosemary Shrager served up a special master class to mark the opening of the Food Academy at Printworks restaurant on Thursday (September 19th).
Rosemary took pride of place behind the impressive Charvet unit, a hand-built French bespoke cookery range, which forms the centre piece of a theatre kitchen demo area in the new restaurant.
The College purchased the unit thanks to a grant from the Savoy Educational Trust, awarded for hospitality related projects.
Joining Rosemary for the demo was Level 3 Professional Cookery student Jordan Ellis who provided a helping hand with the preparation and plating up of her dishes of squid and duck.
Prior to her demonstration, Rosemary was given a tour of the new training kitchens, bakery and butchery teaching facilities, and accompanying deli/bakery and butchery, along with a number of specially invited guests, including employers from the industry.
“I am completely speechless at what I have just seen,” she said. “It’s fantastic”.
Rosemary was then asked to unveil a special plaque to mark the occasion.
She said it was an honour to be invited along to officially open the Food Academy at Printworks and to be the first to use the Charvet unit.
The following day, Patrick Cameron, global educator in hairdressing artistry, was on-site to officially open Inkwell Hair & Beauty Spa, the new on-site commercial hairdressing, beauty and complementary therapy salons at the campus.
Patrick and his senior stylist Jo Wilcox toured the facilities and met students on courses at all levels, from under 16s on schools partnerships programmes through to the new Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management. They walked round classes, offered tips and praised the students’ work, as well as commenting on the new facilities which Patrick described as ‘phenomenal’.
After his tour, Patrick and Jo delivered a series of styling demos using students as models and focusing on the current trend for glamour and vintage looks. They wowed their audience of students and tutors with a collection of elegant styles which were inspired by the forties, fifties and sixties and gave practical advice on techniques such as finger waving and back-combing. He also emphasised the importance of customer care in the hair and beauty industries, in particular the art of communication.
Assistant Principal for Hair and Beauty Maxine Walker said: “Patrick Cameron was both charismatic and inspirational in his presence, motivational speech and talented demonstrations for the learners who were so excited, making for a successful launch event all round. Having such a globally respected figure share his experience and expertise has shown the students what can be achieved when talent is combined with hard-work and determination. I’m sure the experience will provide an inspiration that the students will draw on throughout their professional careers.”