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Bromley students cooking up a storm with West End masterchef

PUBLISHED: 12:40 05 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:40 05 May 2016

Allan Pickett will be working with Bromley College students

Allan Pickett will be working with Bromley College students

Jodi Hinds 2015

A full lunch menu will be cooked by the team

Students at Bromley College’s Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College will have the chance to work alongside a successful West End chef next week.

Allan Pickett will be spending the day with level two catering students in the kitchens of student-led BR6 Restaurant in Orpington.

The chef patron at Piquet, near Tottenham Court Road, will be joining students as they cook some of the top dishes from his restaurant for charity.

Speaking about the event on May 11, the former Mastechef star said: “I read quite often about the shortage of top chefs in the UK and when this might end.

“Unfortunately, the answer will remain the same until more experienced chefs and restaurateurs invest more of their time to help train and influence the next generation of young talent.

“Donating one morning or afternoon every few weeks to mentor student chefs can help make a big difference in their development.”

A special lunch menu charging £40 per person including wines will be on offer on the day, with £20 being donated to Homeless Shelter Bromley and Papyrus.

Together the students and the chef will be cooking asparagus with chopped hens eggs, tarragon mayonnaise, brioche croutons, pot roast chicken, parsley dumplings, chicken velouté, poached pear and red wine tatin and cinnamon ice cream.

Head of the hospitality, food and enterprise college Gary Farrelly said: “Having Allan spend a day with our students is a great opportunity for them to learn from a real craftsman.

“He will show them how to prepare some amazing dishes and pass on the kind of expert knowledge you simply don’t come across every day.”

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