I was recently invited to attend a food industry networking event at Le Méridien Piccadilly by The Chef’s Forum, an organisation that brings together top chefs and catering students to inspire and motivate. As you know I love food so always find it interesting to learn what’s happening in the trade and what new food products and trends are coming our way.
The afternoon included tastings, demonstrations and the chance to network with culinary experts and suppliers. Here’s a look at what I discovered and imbibed:
Five students took part in an éclair filing and decorating competition, which was won by Karlis Pumpurins from Baxter Storey. It must have been quite nerve-wracking with some of the UK’s top pastry chefs judging – Ririn Biggs, Head Pastry Chef at Le Méridien Piccadilly; Markus Boer, Executive Pastry Chef at Harrods; Thomas Leatherbarrow, Head Pastry Chef at Pastry Development Ltd; Sarah Hartnett, Head Pastry Chef at Sheraton Park Lane and Will Torrent, Pastry Development Chef for Waitrose.
Founder of The Chefs’ Forum, Catherine Farinha, commented: “I am delighted that the event proved to be such a success. The purpose of The Chefs’ Forum is to create links between chefs at the top of their profession and young people who are just starting out and today has given the students the chance to not just learn from some fabulous chefs, but also work alongside them.”
For more information visit The Chef’s Forum website