Allan is Chef Patron at the top West End restaurant ‘Piquet’ as well as being one of Bromley College’s Career College Trust partners. He spent the day with Level 2 Catering students in the kitchens of the student-led BR6 Restaurant in Orpington for an event to raise money for charity. Together they cooked up a feast of asparagus with chopped hens eggs, tarragon mayonnaise, brioche croutons, pot roast chicken, parsley dumplings, chicken velouté, poached pear and red wine tatin and cinnamon ice cream; all of which are among some of the top favourite dishes from his own restaurant.
Speaking at the event, Allan said: “I read quite often about the shortage of top chefs in the UK and when this might end. Unfortunately, the answer will remain the same until more experienced chefs and restaurateurs invest more of their time to help train and influence the next generation of young talent. Donating one morning or afternoon every few weeks to mentor student chefs can help make a big difference in their development. Mentoring is a great thing to do and it costs nothing to pass on some of the skills and expertise amassed through years of working in the hospitality trade. I’m looking forward to working with the students and I know we will make a big success of the event.”
Gary Farrelly is the Head of Bromley College’s Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College. He said: “Having Allan spend a day with our students was a great opportunity for them to learn from a real craftsman. He showed them how to prepare some amazing dishes and pass on the kind of expert knowledge you simply don’t come across every day.”
BR6 Restaurant will be holding another special event in June when top chefs Chris and James Tanner of the Kentish Hare Restaurant will take over our kitchens for the evening. Please email Marcel Dueren on firstname.lastname@example.org or book a table for 6.30pm on Monday 6 June 2016. Hurry! Places are filling up fast.