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Absolute Taste partners with Activate Learning to provide unique employer-led experience to catering students

Absolute Taste catering students
Award-winning food company, Absolute Taste, has partnered with Activate Learning to give local catering students the opportunity to participate in an unrivalled employer-led project this academic year.
Absolute Taste will be inviting Professional Cookery Level 3 Technical Diploma students to its cutting-edge kitchens in Bicester, to give them a taste of a professional, fast-paced working environment.


Here, expert chefs will deliver a total of three masterclasses, the first of which took place on 16 October. Students got to learn about life at Absolute Taste and took part in hands-on charcuterie session with chef Pawel Walkiewicz and butchery tutorials with the company’s meat supplier, Aldens.

Amy Davis, a Level 3 student, commented: “Our visit to Absolute Taste was a great opportunity. I didn’t know what to expect on our visit however I had an amazing time, learnt a lot and came away with lots of ideas. I especially enjoyed hearing about other chef’s experiences and how they achieved their own goals in life. I am looking forward to our next trip.”

Emma Hewitt, Hospitality and Catering teacher at Banbury and Bicester College said: “Absolute Taste did an amazing job of the first masterclass with my students. They were very welcoming and made the students feel at ease. The whole day was fun and inspiring for both students and staff. Lots of knowledge and skills were gained in a short period of time. Every student left feeling excited and they are now looking forward to going back for the second masterclass.”

The final two masterclasses will focus on bakery and fine dining. The training will culminate in a student “cook-off” which will allow the group will be able to showcase the skills that they have learnt.

Students will also benefit from mentoring from the talented Absolute Taste chefs who have provided world-class food across the globe, including gourmet dining projects with Gordon Ramsay Holdings, McLaren Group and fleets of private jets.

The project has currently been launched at Banbury and Bicester College, City of Oxford College and Reading College.

Nick Allen, Director of People & Projects Absolute Taste, comments: “We are incredibly excited to be working alongside Activate Learning and a group of hard-working, passionate catering students to provide a project that will enable fresh talent to experience what it’s like to work in a forward-thinking, innovative kitchen. We are incredibly proud of our unrivalled kitchens and the Absolute Taste team are delighted that these facilities are now being used to give something back to our local community. Everyone involved is eager to get started on this project and we hope it continues well into the future”.

Mark Burrows, Faculty Director at Activate Learning said: “This is an exciting opportunity for our students to gain experience and will prepare them with the skills and determination needed to thrive in a world-class organisation. The relationship between Activate Learning and Absolute Taste is built around helping the business engage and develop local talent and their future workforce. ”

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