Eastleigh College Hospitality and Catering students ended their year on a high note as they joined Andrew Mackenzie, Executive Chef of the Exclusive Chefs Academy, to cook up a storm for College staff and parents.
Andrew Mackenzie and his Academy chefs worked alongside our Second Year Catering students to create the locally sourced dishes of the evening menu, including a chilled gazpacho espuma, a seared scallop and chorizo starter and a roasted lamb rump main. The evening was held at the Season Cookery School, a fantastic purpose-built training kitchen located within the beautiful Lainston House grounds.
With a strong resume, nearly 30 years as a chef with Exclusive Hotels and Venues, and the title of Hampshire Life Chef of the Year two years running, Andrew Mackenzie received the opportunity to step out of the kitchen and create the Exclusive Chefs Academy at Lainston House. The Exclusive Chef’s Academy, a two-year career development programme that trains commis chefs with the unique skills and experience needed to become a Chef de Partie, allows aspiring chefs the chance to work with the best banqueting professionals in the diverse and award winning kitchens and fine dining restaurants that are part of the Exclusive Collection.
The opportunity to join Andrew Mackenzie at the Exclusive Chefs Academy not only provided students with a fantastic end to their year, but also gave students an insight into what training with a talented and experienced chef is really like, opening their eyes to the potential of the Exclusive Chef’s Academy and its programme.
When discussing the event, Hospitality and catering tutors Greg Cheeseman and Sue Lyons commented:
“We are really grateful to Andrew Mackenzie and the Exclusive Group for providing our students with an opportunity to gain industry experience in such brilliant facilities and with such inspiring professionals. It’s fantastic to see such talented and passionate chefs nurturing young, rising talent in the industry.”
When asked about the event, Second Year Hospitality and Catering student Olivia Frith remarked:
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to work with Andrew and the chefs from the Academy in a different environment. It was great to see the facilities at the Season Cookery School and get a feel for what the Academy’s programme would really be like. Following the event I would definitely now consider joining a programme like the Exclusive Chef’s Academy.”
We are delighted to have been recognised by The Times Education Awards for the support we provide to students who need to re-sit their GCSEs after leaving school. The excellent results our students achieved last summer include more than twice the national average gaining a maths GCSE, testament to the dedicated team of teachers who use innovative approaches and techniques to inspire our learners.
Young chefs and hospitality students from Eastleigh College were joined by other competitors from training providers across the south to take part in the southern regional heat of an established national competition. The Major Series 2020, which is organised by Major International in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs, saw 50 competitors take over Eastleigh College's three professional kitchens and East Avenue restaurant and work their culinary majic across ten different classes from 'afternoon tea' to 'street food'.