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Swan chef takes students under his wing

Sunday, 05 Dec 2010

Scott Goss, head chef at Michelin-listed The Swan in West Malling, has teamed up with catering students at MidKent College’s Maidstone Campus for the second time in less than a year.  

The top-notch cook, whose brasserie earned a place among just 18 restaurants selected to appear on Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word in 2009, worked alongside students in the college’s student-run The Apprentice Restaurant in March, before returning last month to give the same learners a second taste of his world-class cooking.

Level 3 hospitality and catering students worked alongside the respected chef to prepare a spectacular menu - comprising classic Mediterranean bouillabaisse, stuffed saddle of lamb, and poached pears filled with chocolate ganache and cinnamon mousse. They then served their wares to a packed restaurant of anticipant diners. 

On his first visit to the college back in March this year, Mr Goss said he was “keen to give Kent’s most promising young chefs a chance to experience life in a top-quality kitchen.” On his return to the campus this November he said: “The students were so fantastic last time I was here that I wanted to come back and work with them one more time. Six months and they’ll be ready for the real world. This is their last push.”

He continued: “They’ve done amazingly well. You can really see how much they’ve come on. They’re knowledgeable, skilled and confident – everything a good chef should be.”

Programme area leader for hospitality and catering courses at the college’s Maidstone Campus, Jackie Stone, said: “The night was a great success. The students loved it and were buzzing afterwards. It’s brilliant for them to work alongside someone so respected and skilled, and it’s great for him too,” she said. “After all, he’ll have first pick of our students when his restaurant is next recruiting.”

For all media enquiries, please contact Heather Collingwood, 
Marketing and Communications Officer on 01634 383037 
or at heather.collingwood@midkent.ac.uk  

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