By Murray Chapman: Murrayfield Upskill Day “A Passion to Inspire”
What a culinary Adventure – Great Lecturers and teachers supporting and going the extra mile to Inspire their Students through Colleges and Schools – a Great way of Inspiring - learning – sharing and on the day we had over 450 students and lecturers with us on site and colleges online and all Schools connected to Springboard/ Future Chef – online over 5,400 – watching a fantastic Culinary Journey.
This Wonderful and inspirational day is live on YouTube so as a learning curve you have the recipes and video – and watch fantastic learning sessions with great People – who care– the great thing about Hospitality is you NEVER stop learning and we all need to be Inspired Passion – Upskill Day Murrayfield. The event can be seen here.
A massive big thank you to the wonderful team of people at Murrayfield / Elior and Key people Lorna Allan and Orla Rowe who were so supportive in planning and organising this Great Event – biggest ever event Supporting Education – thank you all so very much.
Great chefs came together who are stunning and inspiring people creating and cooking. Kieran Wight’s Great journey on the use of Stunning products making Great dishes for event catering – Dean Banks and Dan Ashmore wonderful Scottish produce – Oysters and their Adventure with Forging Land and Sea and the main culinary journey through his Michelin star restaurant – Adam Smith – a wonderful experience taking all involved through and with such depth of textures – smell and flavour – and so happy for Finlay MacDonald, Holly Preston and Lecturer Simon Rodgers – they reached the Zest Quest Asia Final 2023 and they produced their stunning Ardgay Game Venison dish with Mizkan ingredients – and shared a massive tasting session with all – Magic . Then The Culinary Legend Willie Pike – just setting the whole place alight with his skills of blowing and pulling sugar – so proud to have put on such a great experience for all – and remember please share the recipes with your students and Inspire them – and giving up their time to inspire the students – Pupils and Chefs – the adventure was all about where, why and how they created their brilliant dishes and to tap into their imagination’. Whilst they created their dishes, we had the privilege of having Peter Joyner and Daniel Ayton also discussing the importance of taste and texture and the students career paths. As the Chefs were plating and discussing the Creative journey of their dishes– adding another level of experience, Thank you to Stars -Steve Hobbs and Stephen Chapman (MC Bro) for welcoming all the guests as they arrived.
The event had magical support from brilliant producers, Stunning Produce, Great suppliers – thank you all so very much – Springboard/ Future Chef, The Craft Guild of Chefs, Russums, Disciples of Escoffier ,Tilda Rice, Grande Cuisine Academy, The Marine Conservation Society, Blackthorn Sea Salt, Hallgarten Wines , Scottish Chefs Association , Ardgay Game , Zest Quest Asia ,Sushi School Tokyo/London, Talking Food , Elior , Hospitality Health– and they all very kindly brought special presents and educational information for all attending – MAGIC and very special funding Support from Grande Cuisine Academy – The Craft Guild of Chefs and First Contact Chefs.
When you have Inspired and had a Wonderful day – with Great friends – it is always Magic to hear from the people involved and those Inspired by the adventure!
Wonderful and Inspirational Lecturers and Teachers – so Happy and Proud of you all Magic – City College of Glasgow , Forth Valley College ,New Durham College , West Lothian , , Middlesborough , South Lanarkshire College , North Highland College , New College Lanarkshire , Edinburgh College, Darlington Newcastle and Stafford College , Inverness UHI , Perth UHI , Ayrshire College, Gleneagles Hotel , North West and Hebridges, Mintlaw Academy – Aberdeenshire , George Watson College.