WHO ARE WE?

Welcome to The School of Food 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. OUR APPRENTICES WILL LEAVE US WITH THE PERFECT FOUNDATION FOR THEIR CAREERS.

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. Along with his sister Holly, Josh has taken the 200 year-old The Pony & Trap from humble village pub to a Michelin-starred establishment.

Josh also founded Salt & Malt, a 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 and he is also heavily involved in local charities including the Bristol Soup Run Trust, ARA (Addiction Recovery Agency) and Matthew Tree Project.

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

ASHTON GATE STADIUM

Ashton Gate Stadium Bristol provides the ultimate meeting and events experience. A premier conference and events venue, our stadium features a wide range of function rooms for both corporate and private hire. From a meeting for 10 delegate to a dinner for 850 guests, Ashton Gate Stadium has a space to meet all possible requirements.

Home of Bristol City Football and Bristol Bears, Ashton Gate Stadium underwent a major renovation completed back in 2016, and now boasts an impressive 27,000 capacity, and state-of-the-art meeting rooms. Ashton Gate Stadium is truly leading the way in event space in the South West.

WESTON COLLEGE

Weston College, an Ofsted outstanding college of further and higher education will deliver the apprenticeship and offer a 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, winning College of the Year and Overall Further Education Provider of the Year at the 2015 Times Education Supplement Further Education Awards.

OUR FACILITIES

THE GROVE TRAINING RESTAURANT AND KITCHEN

The Grove Training Restaurant and Kitchen is located on the 2nd floor the Knightstone Campus at Weston College. It is open to the public offering a varied daily menu including hot drinks, breakfast, lunch, main meals and deserts. It offers a realistic workplace environment for our 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, making it one of the largest and sought after venues in the South West. The kitchen is used to serve corporate dinners, award nights, charity events, celebrations, weddings, conferences, match day hospitality and much much more. As part of the Lansdown Suite and Lansdown stand the north kitchen was newly built and opened back 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.