Last week, our Professional Chef Diploma students held a dinner at our commercial restaurant, Fletchers, to raise awareness and over £300 for the Burnt Chef Project!
Before our students finish their courses each year, they hold an End of Year Event. This year, our Catering students decided to combine the event with their social action project by hosting a meal on behalf of a charity that they all find important.
One of the students, Aaron, discussed what The Burnt Chef’s mission is.
The Burnt Chef Project is a charity which supports and advises chefs. They help with chef’s wellbeing and with those suffering from insomnia anxiety and more.Aaron — Level 3 Professional Chef student
People who attended the dinner could donate directly to the charity or purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a range of prizes, including a Doodle Book by Restaurant Sat Bains.
The students prepared a 5‑course meal for the evening menu. Starting off with 3 different flavours of savoury macaroons, followed by curry-spiced bream with seafood ragout and a coral tuile. The main meal is a roast lamb cutlet, truffle mash, grilled aubergine, mushroom jus and asparagus. Next, they served a lemon sorbet with biscuit crumb, meringue crisps, and rhubarb crisps. Finally, they served a “tiramisu” consisting of chocolate soil, lady finger sponge, mascarpone cream, chocolate tuile, coffee gel, and bubble sugar.
We spoke to Erin, one of the students involved in the evening, about why she finds the cause important.
It means a lot to us to support charities, especially The Burnt Chef in our industry. Tons of chefs put in a lot of hours in the kitchen, which can be very mentally draining and lead to insomnia, anxiety, and depression. It is important to help people and give them the mental health support they need.Erin — Level 3 Professional Chef student
Another student, Ben, said,
We’ve all been in the industry in one way or another, so we connect to it well. It’s nice to shine a spotlight onto the project and show how hard we all work and what we’re doing it for because there’s a reason for everything we do.Ben — Level 3 Professional Chef student
An Ambassador from The Burnt Chef, Daniel Edwards, said,
Thank you to Nottingham College and the chefs who have taken on this evening’s event. It is great to see young chefs supporting and raising awareness for the next generation of chefs.Daniel Edwards — The Burnt Chef Ambassador
Well done to all those involved for raising an impressive £330 for the cause!