Hospitality and Catering students at Redbridge College have been given an opportunity to sharpen their skills with a visit from a chef who has cooked for Kings and Queens at some of London’s most prestigious hotels.

Donald Marshall, executive development chef at leading UK contract caterer Elior, visited the college this month to mentor Hospitality & Catering students.

A former sous chef at luxury Mayfair hotels Claridge’s and The Waldorf, Donald provided guidance to students on preparation and service techniques and answered questions about his experiences in the hospitality and catering industry.

Sixteen–year-old student, Adrian McArdle, had the opportunity to work closely with Donald during his visit to the college.

Adrian said: “It was a great opportunity for me to learn from an experienced chef like Donald, and he showed me some new techniques and skills that I hadn’t previously seen. Hearing about the types of places he has worked also really opened my eyes to the opportunities that are out there for young people like me.”

Afterwards, Donald said: “I’ve been really impressed by the great enthusiasm and willingness to learn of students at the college. There are lots of great opportunities out there for these young people in the industry - particularly given the great location of the college, so close to the city of London. In order to progress they will need to be prepared to give things a go, be determined and to continue working hard.”

Donald’s visit formed part of an ongoing partnership between Elior and Redbridge College.

Elior has used it’s resources and support to add value to a number of projects across the college’s curriculum, and also operate the popular RED’s student restaurant on campus.

The college offers Hospitality & Catering courses for school leavers and adults at entry, intermediate and advanced levels.