Michel Roux Jr uses Bromley College to shoot new Channel 4 series Kitchen Impossible
PUBLISHED: 09:01 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:01 29 October 2015
The chef will mentor eight young people with varying disabilities on the Orpington campus on the series which kicks off tonight
Bromley College has provided the setting for Kitchen Impossible - a new Channel 4 series starring two Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr.
The chef will mentor eight young people with varying disabilities, ranging from Tourette’s Syndrome to blindness, at the hospitality, food and enterprise career college, on the Orpington campus.
The group, who have all struggled to find work, embark on an intensive four-week catering course, with the aim of getting into employment.
The campus was chosen as a location for the series because of its new industry-standard training facilities, while its new student-led restaurant, BR6, provided an ideal venue for the young people to practice their new catering skills.
Executive producer at production company Twofour, Sam Grace, said: “On such a major Channel 4 production, we needed a location that had equally high standards when it came to its facilities, kitchens and training restaurant – and Bromley College fitted the bill perfectly.”
The college was the first of its kind in London when it was launched in 2014, giving teenagers the opportunity to combine an academic curriculum with hands-on, practical experience of the hospitality industry.
During filming of the new series, which took place in June, seven of Bromley College’s own students were treated to a special jam-making masterclass by the chef, who spoke to the students about the importance of team work and responsibility, as well as the benefits of apprenticeships.
Bromley College principal, Sam Parrett, said: “We were delighted to host the production team at our Orpington campus.
“We are very proud of both our restaurant, BR6 and our career college training facilities.
“It was great to see the young people develop their skills over the time they were here and we are looking forward to watching the finished programme.
“We are very grateful to Michel Roux Jr for taking the time during his busy filming schedule to work with our own students and providing them with such an exciting opportunity.”
The first episode of the four-part series airs on Channel 4 at 9pm tonight (Thursday).