On Monday, Level 2 catering students at Barnfield College enjoyed a fantastic masterclass from Andy Ditchfield, the official pastry chef of the house of commons. Students were given the lowdown on life within the catering industry, and received fantastic insight into the life of a professional dessert chef.
Andy, who was a Barnfield College student back in the 1990’s, has been plying his trade as a pastry chef for over 20 years, and has a wealth of experience. Alongside his work, he has also entered various competitions, the most notable of which was being crowned the Craft Guild of Chefs Pastry Chef of the Year in 2013.
Students had a detailed demonstration on how to make the perfect raspberry meringue, and were given the chance to try their hand at piping meringue to industry standards. This invaluable experience will only help our students to progress their studies further and upskill.
Nadine Beck, head of Catering at Barnfield College, said: “It was great to see former student Andy Ditchfield return to Barnfield and give an insightful masterclass to our catering students. Opportunities for industry professionals like Andy to speak to our students are not to be passed up on, and it was a fantastic opportunity for them to learn more about the catering sector.”
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