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Orpington students get a flavour for high-end hospitality in top London restaurants

Added on: 19th January, 2018 by O1

Orpington students get a flavour for high-end hospitality in top London restaurants

16-year-olds, Gabriel Innaccone and Joe Cheeseman alongside Galvin at Windows maître d’ Fred Sirieix

Last Updated:
Tue, 6 February 2018

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STUDENTS from London South East Colleges’ Hospitality, Food & Enterprise Career College in Orpington have been put to work in some of London’s top restaurants.

43 students have been sent to work placements at over 30 reputable establishments including Harrods, the Chop House at Butlers Wharf, Skylon at Embankment, Plateau at Canary Wharf and Cow & Pig in Orpington.

One of the most prestigious placements was at Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin at Windows, situated on the 28th floor at London's Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.

Gabriel Innaccone and Joe Cheeseman, both 16 years old, were lucky enough to be placed here and had the opportunity to work alongside Fred Sirieix, who is famous for his role as maître d’ on the hit Channel 4 show First Dates.

Fred is the general manager at Galvin at Windows, which has won a number of industry awards under his leadership.

Bromley resident Jo said, “I’m experiencing the workings of a very high-end and sophisticated business.

“The chefs here show us how to do certain things correctly and will then watch us do them ourselves; correcting us if we go wrong. After this, we are expected to get it right - surprisingly, this works really well.”

Sous chef, Ben Hobson, who provided supervision for both students, added: “As a product of a vocational education and training myself, I know just how an opportunity like this can be the basis of a very lucrative and rewarding career.

“This line of work relies so much on your attitude, as well as having an eye for quality and detail. It means working very hard and to be willing to listen, observe and learn. It also requires lots of determination.

LSEC opened its pioneering Hospitality & Catering Career College in September 2014, the first of its kind in London. Its centre piece is the student led BR6 Restaurant, located in the heart of Orpington town centre.

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