Picture: Catering students Callum, George, Marta and Kit with Ryan Hanson and Kean Maslan
Students at Bath College are preparing for the return of two award-winning chefs who are heading up a special six-course gourmet dinner with an autumn theme.
Michelin-starred chef Andre Garrett started his career at Bath College and is executive head chef at Cliveden House, a 5-star country house hotel in Berkshire.
Jon Howe, chef proprietor for the Lumière Restaurant in Cheltenham, is also a former student at the college and is still celebrating after winning AA Restaurant of the Year for England this month.
Both chefs are returning to their old college on October 20 to work alongside current students and make the evening at Bath College’s Shrubbery Restaurant a big success.
Mr Garrett, who was born in Bath, said: “I’m really looking forward to coming back to the college and cooking with the students.
“It has been 23 years since I left college and I would like to make it a special event for them. I am bringing some great produce, including wild locally shot venison.
“I’m hoping that we can give the students a taste of the great trade they have in front of them and encourage them to go forward.”
The evening starts at 6.30pm with a welcome drink and canapés. Tickets are £49 per person and include a small wine flight. Managers from the Pig Hotel will help supervise the service.
Former students Gary Rosser, from the Scallop Shell, Stuart Ash, from Woods Restaurant and Claire Wilkins, from The Olive Tree are also offering their support on the night.
Lecturer Ryan Hanson, from Bath College, said: “Catering at Bath College is all about developing talent for a competitive, creative and ever expanding industry.
“This evening will showcase three decades of talent that has come through our doors and progressed on to some of the finest eateries in the country.
“To have these chefs back gives the department an enormous sense of pride and will prove a great inspiration for our current students, who we hope will also progress onto bigger and better things.”
Mr Howe, from the Lumière Restaurant, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to work with, and hopefully inspire, the next generation of young, up-coming chefs.
“Bath College has played such a pivotal role in my career, so it will be lovely to give a little back.”
To book tickets e-mail Ryan.Hanson@bathcollege.ac.uk