Bromley College’s Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College – based at its Orpington campus in the heart of the town – provides the setting for new Channel 4 TV series, Kitchen Impossible with Michel Roux Jr.
The first episode of the four-part series airs on Channel 4 at 9pm on Thursday 29th October. It features Michel Roux Jnr mentoring eight young people with varying disabilities, ranging from Tourette’s Syndrome to blindness.
The group, who have all struggled to find work, embark on an intensive 4-week catering course, with the aim of getting into employment.
The College’s Orpington campus was chosen as a location for the exciting series thanks to its new industry-standard training facilities. Its new student-led restaurant, BR6 also provided an ideal venue for the young people to practice their new catering skills.
Sam Grace, Executive Producer at Twofour (who produced the series) says:
“Michel Roux Jr sets very high standards for his eight trainees, as he does everything he can to help them find work in the restaurant industry. On such a major Channel 4 production, we needed a location that had equally high standards when it came to its facilities, kitchens and training restaurant – and Bromley College fitted the bill perfectly.
“Thanks to Michel and Bromley College, our trainees received the very highest standard of training that has fully prepared them for their future careers in hospitality and catering.”
Bromley College launched its Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College in September 2014. The first in London, it gives 14-19 year olds the opportunity to combine an academic curriculum with hands on, practical experience of the hospitality industry.
A huge range of leading employers, including the Hilton, Hyatt and Springboard groups are involved with the design and delivery of the Career College’s curriculum. This ensures that students learn skills which are relevant to the industry and also get access to unique work experience opportunities.
During filming of the new series in June 2015, seven of Bromley College’s own students were treated to a special jam-making masterclass by Michel Roux Jr. The top chef spoke to the Career College students about the importance of team work and responsibility, as well as the benefits of apprenticeships.
Principal of Bromley College, Mrs Sam Parrett, says:
“We were delighted to host the ‘Kitchen Impossible with Michel Roux Jr’ production team at our Orpington campus. We are very proud of both our restaurant, BR6 and our Career College training facilities.
“It was great to see the young people develop their skills over the time they were here and we are looking forward to watching the finished programme.
“We are very grateful to Michel Roux Jr for taking the time during his busy filming schedule to work with our own students and providing them with such an exciting opportunity.
“Bromley College is a huge supporter of developing the employability skills of young people and I wish those who took part in the series all the very best for the future.”
To find out more about the Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College, a student recruitment event is taking place at the Orpington Campus on Thursday 12 November (5pm to 7.30pm). Visitors will have the chance to look round the facilities and speak to tutors and current students about the opportunities available. For more information see: http://www.bromley.ac.uk/events/
BR6 is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes and is also taking bookings for the Festive period.
To book a table, please go to: http://br6-restaurant.co.uk/