Great British Menu Winner returns to college

Richard Bainbridge during the demonstration at Delia Smith Lecture Theatre at City College Norwich.

Richard Bainbridge during the demonstration at Delia Smith Lecture Theatre at City College Norwich. Photo: Norfolk Education Services - Credit: Archant

The winner of the Great British Menu 2015 has returned to the college where he learnt his trade to pass on his skills to the next generation of prospective chefs.

Richard Bainbridge during a demonstration at City College, Norwich. Photo: Norfolk Education Service

Richard Bainbridge during a demonstration at City College, Norwich. Photo: Norfolk Education Services - Credit: Archant

Richard Bainbridge, chef and owner of Benedicts Restaurant, returned to City College, where he was a former student, to give a demonstration to over 40 catering students.

On Monday November 14, Mr Bainbridge will return to the college's Debut Restaurant, along with former students Richard Hughes, Head Chef at the Assembly House, Norwich, and Chris Mann, Head Chef at Titchwell Manor, Brancaster, to cook a dinner to mark the college's 125th anniversary.

First opened in 1981, City College has seen tens of thousands of students pass through its doors since it was founded 125 years ago.

During his visit Mr Bainbridge showed students how to make his Great British Menu Betty in the Hen House dish, a quail stuffed with vegetables, which students will help him prepare on November 14.

Richard Bainbridge during a demonstration at City College, Norwich. Photo: Norfolk Education Service

Richard Bainbridge during a demonstration at City College, Norwich. Photo: Norfolk Education Services - Credit: Archant


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After the demonstration Mr Bainbridge said: 'It was a real honour to come back to a place where I learnt to cook and got my inspiration from as a youngster, so to talk to the students about that was spectacular.

'I have chosen to prepare the Betty in the Hen House dish for the college's 125th year anniversary dinner because I think it shows the journey that I've been on as a cook.

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'The preparation uses some really classic methods that I learnt at college as well as other skills that I picked up after which I have consolidated into one dish – it is my whole career on a plate.'

Professional Cookery student Chelsea Eardley, 16, from Norwich said: 'Richard's talk was really good and I learnt a lot from it.

'Hearing about how he has progressed in the hospitality and catering industry has inspired me to keep working hard.'

Fellow Professional Cookery student Adam Hunt, 16, from Norwich said: 'The talk was interesting and he made a really nice dish. It has made me want to become a restaurant owner in the future.'

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