Molecular gastronomy and food preparation using liquid nitrogen have been on the training menu for a group of young chefs from Cumbria and Lancashire.
Students from the English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues Culinary Academy have participated in a practical, hands-on training day at Chesterfield based fine food specialist MSK Ingredients.
The group of six trainees visited MSK as part of their continued learning with their NVQ Level 3 qualification requiring them to learn to create more complex dishes with advanced culinary skills.
The highlight of the training day was the students’ introduction to working with liquid nitrogen at super cold temperatures, with strict, protective Health & Safety measures in place.
With demonstrations, precise instruction and thorough training from MSK Ingredients’ expert chefs in its purpose-built development kitchen, the students created a ‘Bloody Mary’ cocktail contained within a frozen sphere of tomato juice.
Trainee chef Jonny Marriot says: “This was one of the best training days we’ve had throughout the course, with MSK’s expert chefs showing us some amazing new techniques and recipe ideas. We’ll be able to apply the skills and techniques demonstrated on the day not only at work but also for our culinary exams later in the year.”
Daniel Winstanley from English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, who is also a member of the Master Chefs of Great Britain, adds: “Molecular gastronomy can add genuine theatre to preparing a dish. The session with MSK Ingredients has taught the students how to think more creatively. A prime example is the ability to Flambé ice cream and get it to hold a specific shape without melting, whilst maintaining the right taste and texture.”
Delivered in partnership with Kendal College, the English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues Culinary Academy is now into its fifth year. It offers trainees a two year apprenticeship, with students training to attain Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ qualifications. The fully accredited course allows the students to hone chef skills whilst earning a wage with the hotel group.
Academy students work and learn at English Lakes Hotels’ venues across the Lake District and North Lancashire, including Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa and the Wild Boar Inn near Windermere, the Lancaster House Hotel and The Midland Hotel in Morecambe.
English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues is currently recruiting for staff across a range of hospitality industry disciplines. To find out more about available jobs and to apply, here.