Children taking part in Coleg Sir Gâr’s Young Chefs Academy have been learning from a UK-renowned chef who earned a himself a Michelin star before reaching the age of 30.
Will Holland, head chef at Coast restaurant in Saundersfoot worked with a group of 13-15 year olds in the college’s training restaurant, Merlin’s, where they learned how to prepare and cook a muffin recipe which Will once featured on Great British Menu.
Linda Thomas, head of professional cookery and hospitality at Coleg Sir Gâr, said: “We have worked with Will on many occasions and we thought it would be nice for our younger cohort in our new chefs’ academy, to gain from the experience.”
Will Holland, head chef at Coast restaurant, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see The Seren Academy in action and spend time with these school children to help drive their passion and possible career path.
“For this session I chose to make a dish I created from my time on the Great British Menu which was something fun that they could enjoy and more importantly could take home.”
Coleg Sir Gâr was created in 1985 and became a corporate institution in 1993. In 2013 it became Coleg Sir Gar Ltd, a company within the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David Group, and part of a regional Dual Sector University. The College has an annual turnover of over £30m and employs around 800 staff.
The College is based in South West Wales and has five main campuses at Llanelli (Graig), Carmarthen (Pibwrlwyd and Jobs Well), Ammanford and Llandeilo (Gelli Aur). The College is also home to Carmarthen School of Art which has its origins dating back to 1854.
The College has approximately 9,000 learners of which some 3,000 are full time and 6,000 are part time. There are approximately 900 higher education learners. It also offers its provision on-line, via partnerships at community locations and in the workplace.
The College has a comprehensive and broad range of academic and vocational learning programmes. These range from pre-entry to graduate level, providing a service to the whole learning community. It offers further education, adult and community learning, higher education, work based learning and bespoke programmes and services for business development. It also provides for large numbers of 14-16 school pupils who attend the College or are taught by College staff at their schools.
For more information about Coleg Sir Gar visit: www.colegsirgar.ac.uk