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Award-winning chefs from Loughborough College will serve up masterclasses to budding young cooks throughout Charnwood as part of a new initiative in 2021.

The College will be running a series of Junior Chef Academy courses for 12-16 year olds, offering an incredible opportunity to gain expert tuition in the College’s state of the art Koppert Cress Academy kitchen.

The Junior Chef courses are being funded through a grant from the Geoffrey Harrison Foundation which supports education and learning in the UK hospitality industry to help young people develop skills for life and enter catering careers.

Chef Darren Creed, Curriculum Manager at Loughborough College, said: “We are delighted and extremely excited to be able to offer these incredible courses to young people in our community thanks to funding from the Geoffrey Harrison Foundation.

“The Junior Chef Academy will help students develop their cookery talent, understand how to cook a range of dishes, learn knife skills and food preparation techniques and discover what it’s like to work as a professional chef.

“We’re among just a handful of places in the UK which has been chosen to run the course so if you have a passion for food and cooking, this could be the opportunity of your lifetime.”

Trustees at the Geoffrey Harrison Foundation said: “We are delighted to support the Junior Chefs’ Academy at Loughborough College.  Students will see their skills develop and creativity flourish as well as gaining valuable insight into the exciting world of hospitality and career paths available.  We look forward to hearing how the students enjoy their course.”

There are three, eight-week courses on offer which run between 10am – 1.30pm. Recruitment begins in the new year for the following dates:

  • Course 1: Saturdays between 11th January – 12th March 2021
  • Course 2: Saturdays between 12th April to 11th June 2021
  • Course 3 (intense summer school): runs over two weeks - week beginning 15th July and week beginning 9th August.

Each student who successfully completes the course will receive a certificate at a special presentation lunch at the end of the course. It costs £50 per person but all ingredients, chef jackets and knives are provided.

Loughborough College’s catering team and students have won numerous national awards for excellence and recently became the first college in the UK to earn accreditation from the Craft Guild of Chefs, the body which sets the standard for chefs throughout the UK.

To book, call Hayley Young on 01509517167 or email Find out more on Loughborough College’s website:

You can find out more about the Geoffrey Harrison Foundation here:


Pictured: The Radmoor Restaurant Team (taken before March 2020).

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