Daniel Winstanley, English Lakes Group Training and Development Chef, spent a day at Cockermouth School to encourage potential chefs of the future and to give them some top tips for careers in the catering and hospitality industry.
After a demonstration by Daniel, pupils portioned up a whole chicken and were then tasked with making a range of dishes, including Saute Chicken Chasseur and Poached Ballotine of Chicken.
Cockermouth School teacher of Food & Nutrition Ms Felmingham commented
It was great to meet Daniel and hear him talk so enthusiastically about life as a chef, as well as allowing the pupils to get involved in some food preparation techniques. We are all genuinely grateful to him and the students genuinely appreciate the experience they had!
This was a highly enjoyable session with the pupils of Cockermouth School and it gave them the chance to see how the job works with a practical, hands-on experience. The Culinary Academy gives youngsters the chance to train, earn and learn with us. Our aim is to nurture local, ‘home-grown’ talent and give them that all important first step on the career ladder. Those who enroll with us get to work with our team of head chefs across our venues and follow online course modules to attain the requisite qualifications.
Daniel leads the English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues ‘Culinary Academy’ which is delivered in partnership with Kendal College. The Culinary Academy offers a fully accredited two year apprenticeship programme for school leavers over 16 to train as commis chefs. The course allows students to hone chef skills whilst earning a wage with the hotel group.