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King of the Kitchen Ian Brooke Gives Thanks to The Manchester College

by Gemma Jones on 2018-06-25T09:51:00+01:00 in Hospitality and Catering | Comments

June  is The Festival of Learning's ‘Have a Go Month’ and The Manchester College is taking the opportunity to celebrate adult learning across the Group. They've spoken with  student Ian Brooke, about how returning to education has changed his career - and his life.

Ian Brooke had been working in customer relations for a mobile phone company, but left after signing up to the Level 2 Certificate in Patisserie and Bakery based at Fielden campus in September.

The 38-year-old has now swapped handling calls on bereavement and critical illness to working at Australasia, one of Manchester’s top dining venues - even before his course had finished!

Ian said: “I enjoyed baking and getting involved in bake sales to raise money for charity, yet it never felt like it was enough. I didn’t feel that my creative talents were being utilised."

“Manchester College has a great reputation for its courses. The campus was in the perfect location for me to easily fit my studies in around my full-time position and the facilities are top notch both in the kitchen and the library.”

Industry connections and student links saw Ian recommended for the position of pastry chef before he had even qualified. The talented chef now combines study with work at the city centre venue, which delivers modern Asian fusion cuisine with a focus on 'Pacific Rim' flavours.

Students on the year-long course must pass units covering catering theory, food safety and food preparation, as well as practical assessments on patisserie, artisan bread, finishing techniques and chocolate work.

Find out more about studying Patisserie and Bakery at The Manchester College. Or sign up to the UCEN Manchester Open Day on Saturday June 30 to discover the wide range of higher education courses available.

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