WHO ARE WE?

The School of Food is a pioneering new training programme for the catering and hospitality professionals of the future.

The school of food is a training environment like no other with a practical focus and unique access to high-quality insights from catering professionals. you will leave us with the perfect foundation for your career.

WHAT OUR PARTNERS BRING TO THE TABLE

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JOSH EGGLETON

Josh is Chef Patron of the multi-award-winning Chew Magna pub, The Pony & Trap, and a well-known figure in Bristol’s celebrated food scene.

He has a great record of taking establishments to the next level or developing new businesses from scratch. With sister Holly, Josh has taken The Pony & Trap, which is 200 years old, from humble village pub to a Michelin-starred establishment.

Josh also founded the Salt & Malt fish cafe and tearoom at Chew Valley Lake – a hugely popular dining destination. A second Salt & Malt has now opened on Bristol’s Harbourside. Co-owner of Bristol gastropub the Kensington Arms and co-founder of pop-up food festival Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, he has also opened vegetarian restaurant, Root, in the city.

Josh advocates sustainable, seasonal recipes using the freshest possible ingredients.

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ADRIAN KIRIKMAA

Born, bred and trained in Bristol, Adrian was head chef at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Billesley Manor hotel, which has two Rosettes, and was the inspirational RWE Curriculum Manager at City of Bristol College for 18 years, helping train many of Bristol’s top chefs.

Adrian was also the founder of the original Chef’s Forum and winner of Best Ambassador for Food 2014. His current role is Food Development Manager at St Monica Trust. He is also heavily involved in local charities, including the Bristol Soup Run Trust, ARA (Addiction Recovery Agency) and Matthew Tree Project.

Adrian champions cooking with the local community to reach parts of Bristol that need support and sits on the project board for Bristol Food Connections.

WESTON COLLEGE

Weston College, an Ofsted-outstanding college of further and higher education, will deliver the apprenticeship. It also provides an outstanding training venue in Weston-super-Mare – The Grove Restaurant, which not only serves the public but has a superb, industry-standard kitchen.

The College provides education and vocational training to nearly 30,000 students and is regarded as one of the top FE colleges in the UK. It also was also named ‘College of the Year’ and ‘Overall Further Education Provider of the Year’ at the 2015 Times Education Supplement FE Awards.

OUR FACILITIES

THE GROVE TRAINING RESTAURANT AND KITCHEN

The Grove Training Restaurant and Kitchen is located on the second floor of Weston College’s Knightstone Campus. It is open to the public and offers a varied daily menu, including hot drinks, breakfast, lunch, main meals and deserts. It provides a realistic workplace environment for catering and hospitality apprentices.

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ASHTON GATE STADIUM

The north kitchen is one of two working kitchens serving the Lansdown Suite, which caters for up to 850 guests for a banquet. This makes it one of the largest and most sought-after venues in the South West. The kitchen caters for corporate dinners, award nights, charity events, celebrations, weddings, conferences, match day hospitality and much more. As part of the Lansdown Suite and Lansdown Stand, the north kitchen opened in August 2016, benefitting from modern fixtures and fittings.

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WE'VE BEEN HIGHLY COMMENDED FOR 'BEST INITIATIVE' AT THE 2018 CRUMBS AWARDS AND THE 2019 BRISTOL LIFE AWARDS FOR EDUCATION.