Michelin masterclass for college students

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Catering students from Lancaster and Morecambe College were treated to a visit from three former college pupils as part of a cooking masterclass.

College alumni Lisa Allen is famous for her appearances on Great British Menu, in which she was one of the winning chefs.

The event was part of a touring Northcote roadshow which aims to give students interested in the catering and hospitality industry more information on the career paths they can take and the opportunities that are available to them.

Lisa Allen and Tom Dicken, both former students of the college who now work at Michelin star restaurant Northcote, offered inspirational advice throughout the event, which included taste tests and demonstrations.

The students heard from Thomas Garlick, general manager of The Highwayman Inn at Kirkby Lonsdale and also a former student of the college, and Emily Goossens, who is a current management trainee.

They gave the students an insight into how they started out in the industry and what they each did to progress to their current positions.

This was a happy homecoming for Lisa Allen, who started her career in catering as a student at the college. where she was given the opportunity of work experience and scholarships while completing her course.

She said: “When I came to this college, I was really allowed to express my creative side. But it is also important to take in as much information as you can and learn at an early stage from people with experience in the field.”

Practical activities included prepararing dishes, a taste test and cocktail making.

The event was brought to a close with Kelly Topping explaining some of the opportunities and placements Northcote and Ribble Valley Inns offers to students before offering some motivating advice. Standing before you are people who were in the same position as you just a few years ago,” she told the student.

“There is no reason why you can’t achieve what they have achieved if you are willing to put in the effort.”

The event was well received by the staff at the college and catering tutor Andy Winder said: “I think this has been a great experience for the students.”