TV chef meets students to promote hospitality sector

Executive chef Lisa Allen spoke to a large group of aspiring students in order to encourage them to join the hospitality sector.

The TV chef, who is at the Michelin-starred Northcote, met pupils from Colne College’s School of Culinary Arts, which has had a long history of developing famous chefs within the hospitality industry. Past students from the college have gone on to work in restaurants such as Northcote and Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons.

Talking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Ms Allen said: “To work in some of the best kitchens in the UK you need to work extremely hard but you can get there through sheer grit, determination and a ‘can do’ attitude. Young people with this attitude can create outstanding careers for themselves in the industry.”

In a presentation, Ms Allen showed students how to add a modern twist to a traditional steak tartare dish and gave further information about her past experiences. The 31-year-old chef was also joined by representatives from Ribble Valley Inns, who promoted to hotel sector. Co-owner of Northcote Group, Craig Bancroft, also gave the pupils further advice about how to get into the sector, specifically focusing on the importance of wine within the industry, and how it is often disregarded as a career choice by young people.

Lisa Allen appeared on the fifth series of the BBC cooking show ‘Great British Menu’ in 2010, where she presented the winning dish of rabbit and leek turnover with piccalilli at a special banquet hosted by Prince Charles.

The College continues to invite famous chefs in order to raise awareness about the various hospitality jobs that are out there for ambitious students. Special programmes can give up-and-coming hospitality leaders an insight into what it takes to work within the field.

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