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Exciting Culinary Collaboration: Chichester College Students Join Forces with The Exclusive Collection Chefs

16 April 2024

Chichester College hospitality and catering students enjoyed an incredible chance to team up with chefs from Exclusive Collection recently.

The Exclusive Collection are renowned for their collection of privately owned luxury hotels.

Professional chefs from locations such as South Lodge, Pennyhill Park, Lainston House, Manor House, and Royal Berkshire joined forces with students to craft an exquisite 3-course meal for guests at Chichester College’s 64 Restaurant, showcasing a fusion of talent and expertise.

The menu featured delightful creations, including gin-cured Test trout with lemon cucumber, horseradish, and chive for starters, followed by lamb saddle with braised belly, salt-baked celeriac, puree, and mint for mains. To finish on a sweet note, guests indulged in vanilla Creme Brule with rhubarb, caramel, and apple for dessert.

For Exclusive Collection chef Charlie Cutting, the evening marked a return to his old college – having studied at Chichester College before embarking on his culinary career.

He revealed: “Having been on the receiving end of such opportunities, I understand the value of learning from experienced professionals. Being given the opportunity to work in five-star hotels, you are always learning. The college help you every step of the way.

“Now, returning to lead this kitchen, I see how much I have grown and appreciate the chance to give back to the next generation of chefs.”

This collaboration not only provides students with hands-on experience but also fosters a culture of learning and growth within the culinary community.

Andy Mackenzie, Executive Chef of the Exclusive Chefs Academy, said: “It’s special to see students passing on knowledge to the next generation.

“Working alongside the students allows our chefs to share their expertise in a real-world setting, providing an invaluable experience for all involved.”

Helen Loftus, Principal of Chichester College, added: “This was another wonderful evening spent in our fantastic 64 Restaurant.

“We are proud to have a long-standing relationship with the Exclusive Collection, who regularly visit the college to share their knowledge and experience with our students – giving them valuable insight into the industry.

“And, once again, the students – working with the team of professional chefs – created an amazing meal for our guests to enjoy.” To discover more about studying catering and hospitality at Chichester College, visit

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