Cheshire Show

Learners work with Michelin Star chef at County Show

Professional cookery learners from Cheshire College – South & West have been supporting celebrity chefs at this year’s Royal Cheshire County Show.

The six learners, all studying Professional Cookery Level 1 and Level 2 at the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus, have been helping celebrity chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli and Sean Wilson prepare for their live cooking demonstrations at the show.

Learner Ben Pocock, 17, from Chester, said: “It’s been an amazing experience. We’ve helped prepare food before each demonstration as well as had the chance to work on stage with Jean-Christophe.

“I’ve learnt so many new techniques and tricks it has been incredible to work on a live show.”

The learners got the opportunity thanks to the College’s partnership with professional chef Brian Mellor, who is an ambassador for the College.

Brian, who runs Harthill Cookery School, said: “My role as ambassador for the College is to support and provide opportunities that expose learners to real working experiences.

“Working on such a high-profile event with a multi-Michelin Star award winning chef is an incredible opportunity.”

Attracting over 80,000 visitors each year, the Royal Cheshire County Show at Tabley, near Knutsford, is one of the most highly anticipated agricultural shows in the country.

Richard Harrison, Lecturer in Hospitality at Cheshire College – South & West, said: “All the learners have shown a huge amount of passion and commitment over the past two days and they should be extremely proud of what they have achieved.”

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