Top chef Tom Kitchin schools SRUC students with industry tips

SRUC Elmwood students with Chef Tom Kitchin
SRUC Elmwood students with Chef Tom Kitchin

Four professional cookery students from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) Elmwood Campus recently took an afternoon out of class to attend a master class in Edinburgh with award winning Michelin starred Scottish Chef Tom Kitchin.

Names were pulled from a hat and the lucky students who took part in this once in a lifetime experience were Patrick Cumming, Tim Kesby, Richard Webber and Elena Frizzo.

During the master class Tom explained how to cook with all cuts of meat from “nose to tail” giving a butchery demonstration, and he stressed the importance of learning the basic culinary skills during their time at Elmwood Campus.

He finished the session by preparing some dishes from his award winning restaurant menu.

As Scotland continues to celebrate the Year of Food and Drink, there is no better way to inspire the next generation of chefs than to learn in person from one of their heroes.

SRUC Elmwood’s chef lecturer Mark Barker accompanied the students.

He said: “Tom’s demonstration was inspiring for both the students and myself, and it clearly demonstrated his passion for back to basics.

“This positive message echoes exactly what SRUC Elmwood Hospitality Department is committed to delivering.

“We are very passionate about giving our students as many different experiences during their time at Elmwood, yet ultimately it always comes back to a strong understanding of the fundamental basic skills and we do not want to loose those from our industry.”

Reflecting on their once in a lifetime experience with Tom, the group of four students agreed: “It was a privilege to be selected to attend this master class, and the evening was motivational.

“Tom was an amazing inspiration to us and he has made us hungry to learn more.

“Attending this master class has allowed us to really reflect on the importance of the back to basics theory in our industry and how important that knowledge will be for our careers.

“We learnt how important it is to use all the produce available from the one animal and not just sticking to prime cuts of meat.”

Elmwood Campus students are delighted with their invitation to attend a further two master classes during the 2015/16 academic year.

SRUC Elmwood Campus offers a range of courses, including hospitality and professional cookery.

Find out more information at or visit the open evening on Wednesday, November 18 from 5pm to 7pm.

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