A Michelin-star chef and restaurant owner has heaped praise on Westminster Kingsway College after his teenage daughter took a course at the college’s Young Chefs’ Academy.
Adam Byatt, who owns Trinity restaurant in Clapham, south London, gave his overwhelming support to the academy, which runs cookery courses for 13 to 16-year-olds throughout the year.
In an email yo the college, Adam said: “I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for the brilliant Young Chefs’ Academy. My daughter Rosie has just completed and thoroughly enjoyed the course, which has also played a huge part in boosting her confidence.
“It is incredibly encouraging to see so many young people keen to be a part of our industry. Thanks to you all for the great work you do.”
Adam and Rosie recently appeared in an article for The Observer on The Guardian website called Chips off the old block: the chefs teaching their kids to cook, where they shared their passion for cooking.
The article told how Adam, 47, told how he and Rosie, 13, regularly cook together with his wife and son Jack on Sundays, and Rosie also often cooks in the week and helps out at the restaurant.
Rosie’s highlight of the course was filleting a whole plaice, but she is yet to decide on her future and whether she will follow her dad into a career in the culinary sector.
On Rosie’s culinary skills, Adam told The Guardian: “She really opens up. Cooking can do that for people. It does for me. It’s a happy, comfortable place for Rosie. That’s why we’ve encouraged it, more than, ‘Go take the reins of the business.’”
WestKing’s Young Chefs’ Academy and Young Bakers’ Academy run courses throughout the year which are taught by our team of professional chef lecturers at the college’s Victoria Centre.
The courses have been the starting point for many of the college’s successful students who have progressed on to Professional Chef Diplomas and apprenticeships.
Are you aged 13-16 and want to find out more about cooking and baking? Maybe you’d like to be a chef or baker when you leave school?