Hospitality and Catering

College partner with highly acclaimed Chef, Brian Mellor

 

  • Cheshire College – South & West are proud to announce a new and exciting partnership with highly acclaimed Chef, Brian Mellor. 
  • Brian is working closely with various departments across the Colleges three sites, in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester, including Hospitality and Catering, Construction and Media and Games.  
  • Learners have had the opportunity to work on live project briefs, including rejuvenating part of The Bolesworth Estate. 

  

Cheshire College – South & West are proud to announce a new and exciting partnership with highly acclaimed Chef and former hospitality and catering learner, Brian Mellor and Harthill Cookery School.  

Brian, founder of Harthill Cookery School, has always been an ambassador for the College, has experienced many aspects of the food industry. At 23 he was a sous chef in a hotel, before being head hunted to work for a multi-national company. He said the ‘’in house training was like nothing he had ever experienced’’ and was also seconded several times to Michelin starred establishments. From here he wanted to ensure other young chefs gained the teaching and development opportunities that he was privy to at an early age. 

Jordan Maxwell, 17, from Ellesmere Port, studying Level 2 Professional Cookery, has had the opportunity to work closely with Brian on several occasions during his time at College. Jordan said: ‘’My time at College has been really enjoyable and being able to work with top chefs like Brian Mellor has been incredible. 

‘’I have been selected to work on lots of projects with Brian, which is an honour. My highlight was when I got to cook live on stage with him at The Royal Cheshire Show last year. There was a crowd of around 60 people and Brian ensured we got to show off our talent and even congratulated us in front of everyone at the end.  

‘’Alongside Brian, my tutors Richard and Amy have always been supportive and inspired me to believe in myself. I won Student of the Year during my first-year studies and this massively increased my confidence. I couldn’t have done it without them.’’ 

The AA College Rosette Academy restaurants also work with a growing number of successful industry partners including Brunning and Price, Luke Thomas and The Little Food Company.  The links to industry provide excellent training opportunities for learners and supports the commercial element of the Academy’s business which plays an important part to the team’s overall success. 

Brian has not been restricted by his trade and is now working closely with various other departments across the Colleges three sites, in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester, including Construction and Media and Games, to provide live project briefs. 

Our construction learners recently visited Harthill Cookery School to rejuvenate some of the surrounding land, a project which Brian set up with The Bolesworth Estate, who provided all materials. This provided learners with hands-on experience as part of teaching and learning sessions as well as valuable, practical involvement.  

Mitchell Day, 19, former learner at Bishop’s Heber High School, has been working alongside peers and Lecturer in Games and Media, Craig Murray-Fletcher, to document Brian’s journey with the College in a series of photographs. They kicked things off at Academy West’s first Gourmet Evening, an event which Brian was leading. 

Mitchell said: ‘’I am excited to be working with Brian, he is really inspirational. I want to pursue a career in the film industry and Brian has given me the opportunity to work on live projects, which is helping develop my skills.

‘’I love finding and exploring new things. College has helped me learn new ways to approach this and my tutors are always encouraging and supportive of new ideas.’’ 

Brian Mellor commented: ‘’I studied at the College and have always tried to keep in touch, work with and hopefully inspire the current learners.  

‘’To have that link now made official is both humbling and inspiring to me at the same time. The College is active and vibrant, and the partnership spurs me on to continue seeking out interesting experiences for our learners.’’ 

Mark Parsons, Assistant Principal Curriculum, said: ‘’It is a true privilege to have partnered with Brian. 

‘’We are incredibly grateful to him giving up his time in order to support, teach and develop our learners. It really is an invaluable experience for them and we are overjoyed to announce his work with other departments. 

‘’I look forward to continuing our work with Brian and I am excited to see how the partnership develops.’’ 

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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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Students visit Cookery School to learn from the Master

Highly acclaimed Chef and former hospitality and catering student, Brian Mellor, put on a celebratory barbecue feast for students at Cheshire College – South & West.

Brian, who is an ambassador for the College, invited hospitality and catering students to his Harthill Cookery School in Cheshire. Here the students were treated to a delicious barbecue lunch after getting involved with the preparation and picking up new techniques, skills and concepts from Brian.

Annabel Graham, 17, from Chester, a Professional Cookery student at Cheshire College – South & West, said: “I really enjoyed the barbecue. It was extremely interesting and exciting to learn new cooking skills and amazing to be taught by a professional Chef.

“Brian was a great mentor on the day, making sure everyone was included at each stage and part of the team. Working alongside someone who has so much experience of the industry was great and we gained lots of useful tips. He is really passionate and enthusiastic about what he does, which really rubbed off on us, as we all left feeling motivated and inspired.”

As Founder of the North West Young Chef Competition in 2002, Brian is passionate about teaching future young talent. The competition, now in its 16th year, has helped hundreds of chefs gain valuable contacts with producers, peers and mentors along the way.

Brian commented: “Having started out many years ago at Cheshire College – South & West, I’ve been keen to work together where possible so have kept in touch. With the growth of their international links and major successes over the past few years, it really has evolved as a dynamic College.

“I’ve always had a passion for teaching, having worked in training roles and teaching part-time in colleges alongside my career. I opened Harthill Cookery School in 2011 with the aim of bringing everything and everyone from my life as a Chef together. Chefs, cooks, butchers, bakers, preservers, patissiers, pit masters, foragers, makers of food and memories come to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with the students; they were full of enthusiasm and eager to learn. I’m looking forward to becoming more connected over the coming months.”

Brian has experienced many aspects of the food industry. At 23 Brian was a sous chef in a hotel, before being head hunted to work for a multi-national company. He said the “in house training was like nothing he had ever experienced” and was also seconded several times to Michelin starred establishments. From here he wanted to ensure other young chefs gained the teaching and development opportunities that he was privy to at an early age.

Mark Parsons, Director of Faculty – Retail, Commercial, Engineering and the Built Environment, at Cheshire College – South & West, said: “It’s a true privilege to have Brian as an ambassador for the College.

“We are incredibly grateful to him for giving up his time in order to support, teach and develop our students. It really is invaluable experience for them and we are looking forward to unveiling more exciting collaborations with Brian throughout the year.”