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  • 24 May 2016Culinary treat for diners at Guest Chef Evening

    BCoT was proud welcome Mark Kempson, Head Chef of Kensington’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Kitchen W8, recently.

    Mark and his Sous Chef, Wojteck Zebrowski, worked alongside Level 1, 2 and 3 learners as they produced a perfect six course taster menu for the diners. The menu for the evening was:


    - Cured Orkney Scallop with Utah Beach Oyster, Horseradish, Iced Fennel, Dill

    - Hand Chopped Veal with Smoked Anchovies, Golden Beetroot, Seaweed, Sea Grapes, Citruss

    - Fillet of Cornish Turbot, Norfolk Asparagus, Jersey Royals, Burnt Butter, Roast Chicken Skin

    - Welsh Spring Lamb, Scorched Lettuce, Mousserons, Ewe’s Cheese, Peas, Broad Beans

    - Wandsworth Common Elderflower Cream, Gariguette Strawberries, White Chocolate Rocks

    - Salted Chocolate Cremeux, Lime Caramel, Toasted Sourdough, and Hazelnut


    Throughout the day, the quality of food produced by the students extremely impressed Mark.

    “Wojteck and I tried a dish prepared by Level 3 learner, Jade Smith, and we were blown away by how exceptional it was. The lamb was cooked to utter perfection, oozing with juices and flavour; fantastic work.”

    Not only did the students impress Mark – they were wowed by his skill and passion.

    “It was fascinating watching him work, it’s opened my eyes to doing things different ways and more effectively. It’s so motivating seeing someone who used to study here succeed as it makes you excited for your future in the industry,” said a Level 2 student.

    Mark is a former Catering and Hospitality student at BCoT and has been at Kitchen W8 since the beginning. He played a key role in gaining their first Michelin star in 2011, an accolade they have retained each year since. 

    “I am a former student here and have kept in very good contact with Ian. This is my third time visiting these kitchens since studying here and each time, I have loved it,” says Mark. “I think the Guest Chef nights are a great opportunity for the students to see what it’s like to work in a very busy restaurant environment. I love seeing the student’s desire, passion and determination.”

    Course tutor, Ian Pitt, believes the experience is invaluable for the students as it gives them the experience they need for the future.

    “The Guest Chef nights are a brilliant chance for our students to learn new skills and work with food they wouldn’t normally use. It gives them a great insight into where they could be in a few years if they carry on working hard and being passionate about the industry.”


    If you would like to see pictures from this event, visit our Facebook page:


  • 16 May 2016Brookvale Newsletter

    Read the May issue of the Brookvale Community Association newsletter: click the image to open.

    Brookvale blurb.jpgTo read more about the Association and what's on, please visit their website at

  • 06 May 2016Parability Festival 2016

    BCoT recently held the 2016 Parability festival in the Lower Concourse.

    The event, set up by founder, Chris Hall, took place to raise awareness about disabilities and help spread the word about the positive impact Parability is making in the community.

    The festival had a number of stands, including the Hampshire Constabulary, Allstars Badminton and the Hampshire Islamic Outreach Society.

    “Parability was founded with the aim to create a society without discrimination and barriers, where everyone involved can find ways to help each other. This vision is the core foundation for the purpose behind Parability,” said Chris.

    Learner Services Administrator, Rachel Auge De Rancourt enjoyed the event, as she went on to say “It was a great way to promote Parability and we hope next year’s event will be bigger and better!”


    If you would like to see pictures from the event, please visit the Parability Twitter and Facebook pages below:



  • 04 May 2016Hospitality student crowned Pastry Chef of the Year

    A Culinary Skills student from BCoT has won the coveted title of “Pastry chef of the Year” at the finals of the Institute of Hospitality Awards for students. 

    Sam Egerton-Kemp was presented with the award at a celebratory evening held at Lainston House Hotel in Winchester. Two of Sam’s classmates, Jake Ewington and Emma Griffiths also represented the College at the competition following submission of written applications and videos. 

    Ian Pitt, Course Director in Hospitality described the evening as “phenomenal,” adding: 

    “Sam and the other students did incredibly well and are fantastic ambassadors for BCoT. They were the only Level 2 learners in the competition and stood proud against participants from other colleges.  Their applications and videos clearly demonstrated their passion for food and this industry and I am so proud of them all.” 

    Sam, who is deaf and has a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter with him in practical lessons, said the award was the highlight of what has been an amazing year at BCoT. He said: 

    “I could not believe it when my name appeared on the big screen as the winner of the Pastry category, I was so happy! To be able to put this on my CV will really help when I’m applying for jobs in the future – I feel very honoured. I am also excited to tell my old head teacher about the award as his advice to me on my last day at school to leave a legacy at college. I hope by winning this that I’ve done that.” 

    Sam’s tutor at BCoT, Andy Chilton, said Sam’s award was the culmination of months of hard work and commitment from an exemplary student. 

    “This is an amazing achievement for Sam. He never allows his disability to stand in his way and is so passionate about food and learning. He knows what he wants to do and how to get there and is a true role model to his classmates.”





  • 03 May 2016Ofsted May 2016

    BCoT welcomes a team from Ofsted, under lead inspector, Peter Nelson.  The visit will last four days (Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th May) and will look at all aspects of the College.

    The team will actively seek the views of learners, and their parents, during the visit. 

    The final inspection report is likely to take about eight weeks to be published, when the results will be publicly available.

    More details about Ofsted Inspections can be found on their website; please click here.Ofsted-logo-gov_uk.jpg


  • 10 Jun 2016Charity Masquerade Ball

    BCoT is delighted to announce a Charity Masquerade Ball in partnership with Oakley Hall Hotel.

    Enjoy at 3 course meal with live entertainment at Oakley Hall Hotel.

    Tickets are £50 per person and all profits will go to Felixfund.

    For tickets please call 01256 306306 or email


  • 14 Jun 2016Fashion Show and Art Exhibition 2016

    Our Fashion and Art and Design students here at BCoT are proud to be hosting their end of year Fashion Shows and Art Exhibitions once again in 2016.  

    These will be taking place on the dates below: 


    Tuesday 14th June

    Private view for Fashion Show 7pm
    Private view for Art Exhibition 6-8:30pm 


    Wednesday 15th June 

    Fashion Show 2pm and 7pm
    Art Exhibition 6-8:30pm


    Thursday 16th June 

    Art Exhibition - 10-5pm 


    Friday 17th June

    Art Exhbition - 10-4pm 


    *Fashion Show tickets (£5), please call Alison Hedges on 01256 306663 or email

    -Entry to the Art Exhibition is free.



  • 20 Jun 2016Apprenticeships Event

    Come along to our Apprenticeships Event!

    We'll be open from 4pm to 7pm for you to meet a range of employers.

    The Apprenticeships team and a wide range of employers will also be on hand to talk about apprenticeship opportunities and give help and advice if you are considering taking this route.

    No need to register in advance, just come along.  We look forward to seeing you.


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