Talented young chefs are cooking up a treat in Buckley’s restaurant

Aspiring young chefs at Warrington Collegiate are cooking up a treat this term as they host a number of themed evenings in the newly refurbished Buckley’s Restaurant under the watchful eye of the College’s Michelin starred chef.

On Thursday, students will be catering for a sold-out restaurant for St George’s Day, serving up Pork Wellington, Fish Pie and a whole host of other tasty delights.

On Thursday 5th May, Buckley’s will host a Mediterranean Tasting Menu and then on Wednesday 11th May, students will be sharpening their detective skills as well as their knives when they hold a Murder Mystery evening alongside the College’s Performing Arts students.

They have learned everything they know from Scott Surtees, Chef Lecturer at the College, who has worked in three Michelin starred restaurants during his time in the industry.

Level 3 Advanced Professional Cookery students Rebecca Thornley and Rachel Whitfield (pictured above) – who will be cooking for diners on St George’s Day – said having someone as experienced as Scott teaching them has made a massive difference.

“We are going to leave College with a higher level of skills because of Scott and the experience he has had in the industry. He has taught us absolutely everything we need to know and shown us all the skills we need,” said Rachel.

Rebecca said: “He has taught us all the industry terminology, the right way to act in the kitchen and since Scott has been teaching us, we have noticed a real improvement in what we can do and our cooking ability.”

Scott – who was awarded young Cheshire Chef of the Year in 2004 and North West Chef of the Year in 2005 – has worked in prestigious kitchens including at the Middlethorpe Hall Hotel in York, Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel in the Lake District, Hambleton Hall at Rutland water and the Alderley Edge Hotel in Cheshire.

Specialising in pastry, confectionary and chocolate, Scott moved into full time education two years ago after deciding to use his lifelong passion to help create the next generation of chefs.

He said: “I told my parents at the age of eight that I wanted to cook and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do in my life. I never wanted to be a footballer, a policeman, a fireman or anything like that – I only ever wanted to cook.

“We have got some incredibly talented young chefs here at the College. They are so professional and create some fantastic dishes for diners in Buckley’s. I’m incredibly proud of them and love that I am able to pass down my knowledge and experience to help them further their careers.”

Click here to find out about the range of Hospitality & Catering courses available at Warrington Collegiate.

If you would like to dine at Buckley’s, call 01925 494 378 or email buckleys@warrington.ac.uk