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Bromley College students team up with top chefs for charity dinner

PUBLISHED: 12:59 15 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:59 15 May 2015

BR6 students with chef James Walters.

BR6 students with chef James Walters.

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They fed more than 50 people.

Bromley Career College students teamed up with top chefs to prepare a charity dinner for more than 50 people.

The six-course dinner featured dishes prepared by each of the celebrities- with help from the students aged 14 to 19-years-old.

The meal was served at the college’s restaurant- BR6.

Front of house service was led by Bunmi Okolosi who partners James Walters, at the Arabica Bar and Kitchen.

Mr Okolosi formally managed the front of house team at Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner restaurant.

Others who attended include Enzo Oliveri, top restaurateur and TV personality, and Richard Kirkwood, head chef at the Wright Brothers, Spitalfields.

The students helped produce dishes including crab claws in Sambuca, pan fried hake, middle white pork and a jasmine tea brulee.

Mr Okolosi, said: “The students performed incredibly well tonight. Helping to prepare and serve a six-course banquet is not easy and it certainly was a great experience for everyone involved.

“BR6 is a fantastic place and there is some serious talent among the career college students.

“I am delighted to support the work Bromley College is doing here to prepare the workforce of the future for the hospitality industry. There are many exciting opportunities available in our industry and it’s vital that young people are aware of these.”

Mr Kirkwood said: “It is so important for employers to get involved with colleges and work with the young people who really are the future of our industry.

“We need to ensure they get exposure to real-life work situations, which ultimately will give them the passion and drive to succeed.”

Student Jessica Jenkins, 17, of Orpington said: “I was really nervous tonight as I have never done anything like this before.

“Being taught by people who are at the very top of their industry is just amazing and a great experience for us all.

“I came to the career college as it offers opportunities like this, which you just wouldn’t get anywhere else.

“I definitely want to pursue a career in hospitality and will be doing another year here.”

Scott Freeman, head of the hospitality, food and enterprise career college said: “This event at BR6 has been a real success and the students behaved brilliantly. It was great to have so much support from the local community.

“I am also extremely grateful for the amazing support we have had and indeed, continue to get from the top employers.

“Our students are fortunate enough to be learning from top industry names and this is certainly not something that happens in your average school.

“I am proud of the progress these students have made this year.”

All proceeds from the evening went to Hospitality Action- a charity that provides help to those in the hospitality industry who find themselves in crisis, such as suffering from poverty or life altering illness, and Action Against Hunger- a charity which helps malnourished children.

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