Celebrity chef John Torode will be visiting Jersey today to inspire Jersey’s future chefs with a masterclass demonstration of his skills and culinary talent.
John will be welcomed by Highlands College’s culinary students at the Academy Restaurant where he will give a demonstration followed by a question and answer session, to give them the opportunity to ask him questions about his work, motivation and how he has achieved success in a notoriously difficult industry.
It will be a full day for the students who, following the demonstration, will help teams of guests invited by Standard Bank to prepare a dish, and will then prepare a three-course fine-dining meal for those guests. The teams’ efforts will be critiqued by John before they are able to relax and enjoy the meal prepared for them by the students.
John’s visit follows that made by fellow chef Michel Roux Jr, who has also been welcomed to Jersey by Standard Bank and Highlands College.
Eileen Buicke-Kelly, Director of the Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality studies at Highlands College, said: “John’s visit is a fantastic opportunity for our students, not only to have exposure to a successful chef but also to have the chance to learn from him and ask questions. As an event, it also means that they are able to showcase their own skills for the evening’s guests.”
Martyn Samphier, Head of Corporate and Business Banking at Standard Bank, said: “This is a really fun event for us and for our guests. We are delighted to play a part in introducing Jersey’s budding culinary talent to a prestigious chef who has an expert inside track on the industry. And, of course, we get to experience first-hand the pressure of a working restaurant kitchen and the terror of being critiqued by an exacting chef! Personally, I am also looking forward to enjoying the wonderful food cooked by the students themselves in the evening.”