Cohort 12 go to London

As part of their training, we encourage the apprentices to get involved in all aspects of hospitality, from working on-site in the kitchen, to taking part in special events, outside catering and food festival demos.

This Wednesday, our apprentices, the Cornwall Food Foundation team and some of our chefs went up to London to cater for the Cornwall Community Foundation event at Temple Place 2. The annual ‘Cornwall Calling’ event was held to embrace all things Cornish and showcases innovative business and fundraising ideas, all aimed to help Cornish communities. Our chefs prepared canapes which were served by the apprentices to 170 guests. It was quite a late finish, but afterwards they took the opportunity to visit Jamie’s Italian for dinner in Threadneedle Street.

Cohort 12 at Temple Place 2
Cohort 12 at Temple Place 2
Cohort 12 at Temple Place 2
Cohort 12 at Temple Place 2
Cohort 12 at Temple Place 2
Cohort 12 at Temple Place 2
Cohort 12 at Temple Place 2
Cohort 12 at Temple Place 2

The following morning everyone went to Fifteen, Jamie’s original restaurant in Westland Place. They were met by Danny McCubbin from Jamie’s Food Foundation who inspired the apprentices by talking to them about the previous cohorts of graduates and their achievements.

They also popped in to Jamie’s offices and had a look around his studio. Unfortunately Jamie is away in Australia at the moment, but the apprentices will get a chance to meet him at a later date.

Cohort 12 London
Neal's Yard Dairy, London

One of Jamie’s graduates, Tim Siadatan now has two restaurants to his name, Trullo and Padella. The apprentices were very impressed to see the queue of people trying to get in for lunch when they walked past Padella on the way to their next stop, Neal’s Yard Dairy.

The team spent their time learning about cheese and curds and the importance of respecting ingredients and raw materials. They also got the opportunity to taste a variety of cheeses, learn about their origin and how they were produced. Apprentices gained knowledge that will enrich their future careers as young chefs.

Neal's Yard Dairy, London
Neal's Yard Dairy, London

In the afternoon they had the chance to visit Borough Market, a 1000 year old foodie institution, bustling with sights, sounds, smells and tastes. This was a fantastic opportunity for the apprentices to meet some of the finest food producers with local, national and global influences. Our Training and Development Chef Karl set them a challenge to find something for their lunch that they had never tried before.

Some of the apprentices have never left Cornwall and this trip provided them with the chance to experience things which many of us take for granted. We hope this visit to London gave them the inspiration and enthusiasm to help them succeed on the programme.

Borough Market