Prepare Celebrating the success of our Hospitality students
Welcome Hospitality students at LMC truly get a flavour of their chosen profession. Whether these are apprentices learning their skills in the workplace, or a full time student working their way through the qualification levels, students get a great big mixing bowl of learning and putting theory into practice in a number of different settings. As well as working in the kitchens and front of house of our very own Coulson’s restaurant, students have cooked in Army field kitchens, served the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, been interviewed by the BBC Sunday Politics Show and learned Italian cooking in Italy! Surely these are all the right ingredients for a slice of the flavoursome pie that is Hospitality & Catering?”
Our Scott has been named Chef of the year Middleton based Scott Williams has been named CJUK’s Chef of the year at the recruitment agency’s annual conference. Scott, 30, was selected by the Chefs Jobs UK recruitment team for every aspect of his work since he joined the company in 2015.
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BBC film at LMC Lancaster & Morecambe College welcomed reporter Stuart Pollitt from BBC North West earlier this year. The team filmed in the College’s Hospitality and Catering department as part of the Sunday Politics show’s budget coverage. Stuart spoke to Hospitality and Catering Level 2 students Elle Wright and Ewan Lawrenson-Mckie about college and their career aspirations and to Head of Faculty Sheila Henderson about the possible effects of the budget on college funding. They then went on to film at the Sun Hotel and Lancaster Brewery. The coverage was broadcast as part of Sunday Politics on BBC1.
Scott stood out across the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ and the ‘Client’s Choice’ categories as well as exceeding in the following areas: loyalty, punctuality and receiving 100% positive feedback. As Chef of the Year Scott will now be a brand ambassador for CJUK. Scott said: “I was a little bit surprised to be named Chef of the Year and feel very humble. I always put 100% effort into my work and am very dedicated and that maybe helped me to this award. I am looking forward now to being a brand ambassador and a beacon for change. It’s a good overwhelming achievement” Scott did his chef’s training at Lancaster & Morecambe College before embarking on a career involving working in the local are and also all over England as well. Scott became an elite chef for CJUK in 2016 and plans to become an ambassador for the company.
One of Britain’s top chefs, Lisa Goodwin-Allen takes over at Michelin-starred Northcote. Former Lancaster & Morecambe College catering student, Lisa Goodwin-Allen has recently gained promotion which has seen her rise to the top of her field. The new executive head chef took over the reins at the luxury Langho-based hotel, Northcote – a business with an international reputation for food and hospitality. Born in Morecambe, Lisa became interested in cookery at school enjoying the opportunity to be creative and express herself. Her culinary career began at Lancaster & Morecambe College where she studied at Hospitality & Catering. After graduating, she worked in several prestigious restaurants, including the two Michelin-starred Le Champignon Sauvage in Gloucester, before arriving at Northcote in 2001. She was just 22, and by the time she was 23 she was head chef, making her one of the youngest women to run a Michelin star kitchen. She has become renowned in her field – she was the first woman to win Great British Menu, she has earned Northcote a
Erasmus+ Italian Work Placement Another European trip for our students... this time to beautiful Italy! Students took part in a work placement project in Abruzzo, Italy as part of the STEM2 Erasmus+ KA1 project. Following a rigorous application and interview process, 16 students from Travel & Tourism, Business and Hospitality & Catering departed England for their two week, work placement opportunity. The trip not only provided the students with an amazing selection of work related experiences, enhancing their learning journey at LMC, but it also gave them unique and life changing experiences that they can use in the future when applying for university or at job interviews. Due to the varied nature of all the courses a wide variety of work placement experiences were available for the students. From assisting and running summer school activities for Italian children, to planning and pitching their travel itinerary for our visit to Rome, the first week was jam-packed with fun and unique experiences. The second week included a Masterchef competition in a neighbouring village where students learnt how to prepare and cook some traditional Italian foods. This culminated in the final days by students preparing their dishes for a judging panel as
LMC Work Placements This year has seen a record number of students from Hospitality & Catering, Business, Travel & Tourism, and IT partake in work placements. Throughout the year, students have accrued around 2,900 hours working with a whopping 67 employers! On top of this, an additional 770 hours was completed during the work placement visit to Abruzzo, Italy. Work Placement Coordinator Sarah Armstead said, ‘We felt it was important for students to gain valuable and relevant work experience in their field of interest. Students thoroughly enjoyed their time in placement and have learnt lots about the world of work as well as gained a more in depth understanding of business functions and operations within their company.’ A huge number of local and national businesses came forward to offer placements including: Lancaster House Hotel, No. 17 Café
raft of awards and was named Lancashire Life’s Chef of the Year. Lisa is also involved in Springboard’s FutureChef, an industrybacked resource aimed at inspiring young people aged 12 – 16 to cook through classroom activities, demonstrations, competitions and awards. She’s done a lot of charitable work, including trekking in India and Ethiopia raising money for charities such as Action Against Hunger. Speaking about the new promotion, she said: ‘It’s very exciting times. I know I have a big responsibility and it’s going to be a fantastic challenge.’ part of a celebration event in the village. The celebration was an incredible event and the students really developed and excelled in their personal and employability skills. As well as the work experience, students also visited a vineyard, had a tour of Vasto town where they enjoyed some very tasty Gelato, spent a day in Rome and visited a local aqua park. One student, Dylan Hattingh remarked “I had the best time of my life and I met the best bunch of people who made the trip amazing!” The trip leader, Sarah Armstead said “I am so proud of the students, they undertook and embraced this placement opportunity with positivity, dedication and commitment as well as lots and lots of humour. Constantly developing their team working, communication and customer service skills, they were a credit to LMC and themselves, impressing everyone they worked with.” Lancaster & Morecambe College is involved in several Erasmus+ projects that often culminate in student and staff exchanges, as well as work experiences abroad. For more information visit www.lmc. ac.uk/the-college/ european-learning
& Restaurant, Kerry’s Coffee House, Lancaster University, The Midland Hotel, Gill’s Pantry, Blue Mountain Restaurant, The Three Mariners, Red Peppercorn, The Morecambe Hotel, Filbert’s Bakery, The Lodge, Holiday Inn and Lancaster Castle Green Hotel. Clearly proud of the students’ achievements, Sarah went on to say, “Many students have received the ultimate praise for the work they have completed and have been offered part time work or employment following the completion of their course at LMC with the companies they have been placed with, so well done to them all.
We have again extended and strengthened our links with local employers, developing over 26 new relationships with local businesses as we feel it’s important for students to gain valuable experiences in addition to helping and supporting our community. We would like to thank all the businesses that gave up their time to help and support our students by providing them with a work placement opportunity.”
Name: Adrian Law Courses taught: Level 1, 2 & 3 Hospitality Diploma, Schools programmes, Food Safety When did you start working at LMC? October 2007 What did you do prior to working here? My first full time post was working at a coaching inn as a full time chef’s for 5 years, learning my trade in a busy kitchen. I then moved to the Armadale Hotel at Arrad Foot where I took the position as head chef. I was only in my early twenties, but with support from the owner I felt that I was up to the job. We built the business up to a really busy popular hotel and restaurant. After 7 years I started to get itchy feet and wanting a new challenge. So I decided to start my own business and took over the Catering Franchise at Ulverston Golf Club, catering for the members, golfing societies and private functions. Some time later I took a position as senior sous chef at the Beech Hill Hotel by Lake Windermere. Working at a 2 AA rosettes establishment was a massive step up. I absolutely loved it, new food, ideas and techniques. I eventually worked up to Head chef where I gained my own 2 AA rosettes. After 4 years as Head Chef I decided I wanted to move
College Students Take Part In UK’s First Army Catering Challenge Hospitality and Catering students from Lancaster & Morecambe College (LMC) were part of the UK’s first Army Catering Challenge.
into education, I always had ambitions of this, so I took a job at Furness College as a Worked Based Learning tutor. I stayed there for 7 years teaching and assessing Hospitality & Catering Apprentices and gaining my teaching qualifications. What is your favourite thing about your job? The best part is transforming students with no knowledge of the industry to those who can gain employment and be successful in their chosen field. What is the best thing about the course(s) you teach? Our teaching team has excellent industry experience and are very focused on our students achieving. What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining your course? I would say it isn’t an easy option, but it can be really rewarding. There are excellent job prospects after the course, as the majority of our completing students gain full time employment within high class establishments, like Lisa Goodwin-Allen, who is the executive head chef of the Michelin starred Northcote restaurant in Blackburn and George Norrie, the head waiter at L’Enclume.
one of the stronger colleges. They threw themselves into all the activities and challenges. This is the first of its kind. It will serve as the pilot with the rest of the UK to follow, so we’re pleased it has been so successful.” Course tutor for Hospitality and Catering, Adrian Law added, “Our students really enjoyed the day. Despite the unpleasant weather conditions, the students dug their heels in and took on the challenge with gusto and made us proud. They have also learnt a lot about some of the many exciting catering career options within the army.”
The Challenge, based at Fulwood Barracks in Preston, involved participants from nine colleges across Lancashire. The Challenge, which featured on Granada TV, Forces TV and That’s Lancashire TV, included a series of team-building activities, improvised field cooking and a challenge to plan and prepare a meal for the homeless at The Foxton Centre. Catering student Dylan Hattingh, 18, from Lancaster, said “It was interesting to be part of the Army Challenge: I always wanted to see what the army was like. It was a fantastic experience and heart-warming to help the homeless community.” Students made vegetable soup for starter, steak with vegetables and potatoes for main, followed by meringues with chocolate sauce. Each student received a certificate to acknowledge their participation. Organisers were David Naylor and Steve Hutchinson from the Youth Engagement Team at Army Headquarters North West. Steve commented on the students’ efforts, “LMC was definitely
Students Shine at Coulson’s Careers Dinner The School Liaison team recently thanked the staff and students of Coulson’s for creating and hosting a perfect dinner which concluded their Annual Careers Teacher Update. Here’s a few of the dishes they prepared...
Ewan is Inter-College Masterchef Students from Lancaster & Morecambe College and Furness College took part in an inter-college Master Chef competition, held at LMC’s Coulson’s Restaurant, with LMC Hospitality and Catering Level 2 students taking home the three prizes. The students had to prepare a two course menu of their choice from a set list of ingredients. The finished dishes were then judged by Graeme Shuttleworth; head chef at No 17, Milnthorpe; Craig Sherrington, former LMC student and now head chef at Virginia House, Ulverston and now ex LMC Governor John Kirton.
First Class Dining at College’s The Coulson’s restaurant offers an outstanding real work environment for our Hospitality & Catering students, as well as being a fantastic place to eat out. Coulson’s is a very popular venue, and with a four course dinner with a glass of wine for just £15.50, you can see why! The Restaurant is rated 5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor, with wonderful feedback such as: Excellent food and service I recently had lunch at the Coulson’s and can highly recommend this restaurant. Service by the friendly, attentive students and the food is delicious and beautifully presented. Very good value for money.
So good - don’t know how they do it! We went to Coulson’s for lunch for the second time and it was just as good! Considering there were first and second year students serving and in the kitchen, I can only say “well done. I don’t know how you do it”. Wonderful food, good service and cheap. What more could you ask! Our waitress ‘Ellie’ was made for the hotel and catering industry! The judges gave the students feedback on their dishes before presenting the prizes of trophies, kitchen knives and cook books. They said that they had seen some good techniques demonstrated, such as making fresh pasta and risotto and using sous vide and that there had been good use of the ingredients. They encouraged the students to make use of opportunities for work placement to build on their practical experience in the workplace.
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Elle Wright was awarded third place for her menu of Chicken and Bacon Lasagne with homemade garlic bread followed by white chocolate panacotta with a mixed berry compote. Second place was awarded to Karyna Brood for her menu of seared chicken breast served on a bed of leek, potato and bacon finished with a white wine cream sauce. The winner was Ewan Lawrenson-Mckie, with his menu of pan fried chicken breast, squash puree, wild mushrooms, roasted squash and soubise sauce followed by winter berry soufflé and white chocolate crème anglaise. Ewan, who alongside his studies works at the White Cross, Lancaster, said that he had found the competition to be a good experience, and had enjoyed challenging himself to make a technical dish. The judges chose Ewan as the winner because his menu was the most adventurous and technically challenging. He showed imagination and combined modern and classic techniques, demonstrating confidence in trying new things. LMC Hospitality & Catering Tutor Adrian Law said “The annual Masterchef competition between our two colleges is an excellent experience, giving our students something to prepare and plan for. It is a good link between LMC and Furness College, and I look forward to our return visit next year.”
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Published on Mar 9, 2018