Hospitality Activity Day for Schools

Lakefield has an enthusiasm to bring hospitality to the youngest, that’s why organises many activities for school girls to bring this industry to their attention.
The most well known is the Activity day where the schools girls get a taste of what the hospitality industry involves.
This time the year 11 food and nutrition class from the Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College in Willesden came for a taster day at Lakefield.

To quote some of their responses at the end of the day:

“The experience was fun, I learnt many things about Hospitality”
“I really enjoyed the day and I now have a better understanding of what Hospitality is”
“After my day at Lakefield I am now thinking about doing a level 2 Hospitality diploma”
“The day was different and it has opened me up to new skills and opportunities, all in all I liked it”

Butchery Demo with Omero Galluci

Our patron, the professional and award-winning chef, Omero Galluci, spent the morning class demonstrating how to cut and prepare a pork in order to get the most from your meat.

The students could learn the different parts of the pork and the butchery skills needed in order to prepare different meals. They also learned where each cut comes from and the best cooking techniques for each cut to ensure the very best and most delicious results.

The master class was organised by Umbrella Training and our Level 2 Professional Cookery students took also part in it.

Lakefield wins Two Golds and a Silver for Professional Cookery Students


Lakefield wins Two Golds and a Silver for Professional Cookery Students

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Lakefield wins Two Golds and a Silver for Professional Cookery Students. On 17th of May 2017, students from Lakefield Hospitality College had their first taste of the competition experience at The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire, one of the UK’s largest live culinary competitions held at Central Bedfordshire College in association with the Craft Guild of Chefs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Three from back of house students took part in Cupcakes (Tasted), Afternoon Tea Pastries (Tasted) and Bakery Skills. Omero Galluci, development chef and one of our patrons, mentored and helped our students all the way through the planning, processing and executing of each class.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Erica Lana won Gold for her Bakery Skills (Display): Erica has to display 2 loaves and 12 assorted rolls. Erica said ” I felt happy and proud to win something and I thank Omero for helping me achieve it”.

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Naine won Gold for her Cupcakes (Tasted): Naine has to present 12 cupcakes in 3 different flavours. Naine said “I have learnt how I should improve in my work by taking the judge’s feedback positively and this event helped me to learn by taking people’s ideas and to experiment more in the future. I also learnt that I should practice a lot to get the best outcome and don’t leave things to the last minute”.

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Bassi won Silver for her Afternoon Tea Pastries (Tasted. Basi produced an assortment of afternoon tea pastries 16 pieces, 3 different varities. Bassi said “The competition was one of my biggest achievements of the year, not only did I get a silver medal, but I developed as a person. I feel so proud of myself and grateful for all the support given by the kitchen team at Lakefield”.

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Lakefield won the PACE Innovative Practices in Creating School Partnerships Award


Lakefield won the PACE Innovative Practices in Creating School Partnerships Award


Last 3rd of May 2017, Lakefield Hospitality College was awarded for the ‘Innovative Practices in Creating School Partnerships sponsored by Hobart Cooking Solutions at the PACE Awards 2017 held at the Liverpool Hilton Hotel.

The team attended the PACE National Conference which is about introducing programmes and success planning. The team divided up to listen to different workshops including Breaking Into HE To Broaden Your Horizons by Niel Rippington, Dean of the College Food, University of Birmingham. Paul Askew, Chef Patron and Steven Hesketh, Managing Director of the Know Collection gave a wonderful session about Future Labour And Desire Skills.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_images_carousel images=”8814,8815,8816,8818,8822,8821,8817,8820″ img_size=”800×600″ speed=”2000″ slides_per_view=”2″ autoplay=”yes” wrap=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The Conference was followed by Awards and a Gala dinner to acknowledge individuals, departments, schools, colleges and partnerships that have introduced outstanding learning initiatives or techniques in hospitality training and development over the last 12 months. The dinner was presented by Cyrus Todiwala, OBE on Zest Quest Asia.

Thank you to Sue Kenyan, PACE Director and to PACE for believing and for giving us the opportunity to excel in what we do. Frankie said “this award means a lot for Lakefield as we’ve worked hard in partnerships with school this year. It’s all been worth it!”

Lakefield Hospitality College is owned by an Educational Charity, we are therefore non- profit making and rely on independent grants and on the support of our sponsors. Lakefield is unique because we offer our students real work experience and we focus on developing the whole person and their employability skills.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

About the Award

Innovative Practices in Creating School Partnerships

This award is looking for examples where colleges/training providers have linked successfully with schools in order to provide a rich and rewarding experience for potential hospitality students from high schools and sixth form colleges. The project should demonstrate a diverse range of realistic activities and excellent progression rates onto hospitality study programmes.


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Lakefield Hospitality College introduces three New Patrons for 2017


Lakefield Hospitality College introduces three New Patrons for 2017


We are delighted to introduce three new patrons, who are highly valued in the Hospitality Industry to support Lakefield Hospitality College. As the industry is such a demanding one, it is vital that our students have positive role models and support from the experts in the field.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

On the 15th of March, we had our annual patron’s dinner, our special way of saying a huge thank you for all the support they have given us throughout the year. The guests arrived to canapes and champagne and listen to a presentation given by Lisa Clapham, Director of Lakefield about the progress, developments and our goals for the coming year. This event was a great opportunity to welcome the new patrons to the Lakefield team. They proceeded to discuss the presentation over dinner.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_images_carousel images=”8785,8787,8786,8782,8784,8788,8789,8801,8791,8790,8795,8796,8797,8798,8799,8792,8800″ img_size=”800×600″ speed=”2000″ slides_per_view=”2″ autoplay=”yes” wrap=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

After a day of intense preparation, Omero Gallucci, patron and development chef from the Craft Guild of Chefs with Doris Morales our Head chef together with her team, treated them to an exquisite five-course meal including a chocolate dessert designed by Omero Galluci and executed by Basi Sira, Level 3 Patisserie student.  The front of house team, led by April Poblete, food service manager showcased their skills and looked after the service, working together with the back of house as a single team. Ana Greguric, Level 3 Professional Cookery student, designed the petit fours and one of the starters that she will be using for the finals of the Cook South Africa Competition in April.


We were grateful to Ian Parsons, CCS Business Director who provided the glasses that we used for one of our desserts. We were honoured to have our Patrons for the evening as they are a big part of Lakefield. Frankie Strinati, PR and Schools Liaison gave an after-dinner speech to thank them for their support over the past years and to praised the staff and students for all their hard work.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8729″ img_size=”200×200″][vc_column_text]

Alan Shipman, executive food development chef and member of the Craft guild of chefs. Alan has spent years judging national and international competitions including Hotelympia and WorldSkills.

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Will Torrent- an award-winning pastry chef and Waitrose consultant, He has made many TV appearances and won various awards both national and international. He has also been extensively profiled by the British press.

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Mark Hill- executive chef at the House of Commons since 2008, where he is in charge of 15 food outlets, with more than 130 staff in London. Mark is also a member of the England Culinary Team, who competed in Luxembourg at the Culinary World Cup in 2010.

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Lakefield Hospitality Students, A Helping Hand

Despite London being one of the richest cities on Earth, there is a huge issue with homelessness. Our students decided to share their time and cooking skills to help those sleeping rough and dedicate their free Friday to helping in a soup kitchen.


The soup kitchen provides free hot meals, clothes and toiletries for people who most of them live in the streets. Some have a history of mental illness; some are victims of domestic violence; but despite the emotional nature of the day, everybody agreed afterwards that the atmosphere was intensely fun and incredible positive.

At the end of the day all of them came back thinking it was one of the best decisions they ever made, and ready to do it again very soon.


One of the differential values that our students get in Lakefield Hospitality College is this personal development – not just on the professional side, but also socially and humanly. That is due to the enormous effort Lakefield invests into making each of them a wonderful professional but at the same time, because we really believe in the amazing capacity of human beings to surpass themselves and improve without stopping, helping each student to become an even better person in all aspects.

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Microwavable Sponge Pudding Video Recipe

No time to cook? Hungry when you get home? This will warm you up quickly! Microwavable Sponge Pudding Video Recipe! Try it now!

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1 egg

4 oz. Caster sugar

4 oz. Plain flour

4 oz. Butter

4 tbsp. of Milk

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1. Cream the sugar and the butter

2. Add the egg and milk

3. Fold in the flour

4. Grease the containers then coat with flour

5. Add the syrup to the bottom of the container then add the mixture on top.

6. Tap to level out

7. Place in the microwave for 1 minute

8. Add golden syrup and custard

9. Enjoy your easy and scrumptious dessert!

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Lakefield Students win Silver Medals at Hotelympia 2016

Lakefield Students win two Silver Medals and one Bronze Medal at Hotelympia 2016



Three students from Lakefield took part in Hotelympia’s 20-minute Table Lay-up Competition at Excel London, one of the UK’s largest foodservice and most important hospitality events that happens every two years. We are very pleased to say, all of them received medals and which were presented by Steve Munkley, Executive Head Chef, of The Royal Garden Hotel.

This prestigious competition is sponsored by the World Skills UK Competitions. It is a 20-minute live competition, where the competitors have to lay the table for 4 covers from a menu presented to the them 5 minutes before start. They needed to use their creativity and skills to produce four different Napkin folds. Recommendations of wine were required with correct glass wear presented on the table. All work is performed against the clock under the judges’ critical observation and questioning.

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Level 3 Hospitality Supervision and Leadership Student

Karleene Pailan, Silver Medallist

“It was my first time joining this kind of competition. I enjoyed it a lot and discovered new ideas. This competition allowed me to see opportunities that could help me in the future and to see different aspect professionally and as an individual. It raised my passion for the industry. It is fascinating to meet professionals and this experience made me want to take part in more competitions to increase my knowledge and skills. Our mentor prepared us for the competition, by having regular practice and we received feedback which helped us improve. I was surprised to win the competition because all the competitors worked to a very high standard, they were really good and very competitive”.

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Sian Stevens, Silver Medallist

“It was a great experience joining the competition, I was interested to see how others decorated and set their tables. We had weekly practices, I chose my theme, napkin folds and equipment for the competition which helped me to feel prepared. I’ve learnt about time management and new skills and it helped boost my confidence. I was very happy to win a silver medal; I did not expect it.”

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Wilhelmina Ebbesen, Bronze Medallist

“I really enjoyed it and I did not expect to win the competition, it felt so unreal! I thought about my table decorations a lot and I researched online to find ideas, I went with a simple theme since I wanted the food to be the focus points but wanted it not to be too simple so I add quirkiness on the plates that I used. I learned that you can always find room for improvement and you don’t really fail, you just need to learn and find a way to always improve yourself”.

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Hotelympia delivers innovation and networking opportunities for exhibitors and visitors that can’t be found anywhere else on this scale. This is the place to improve businesses performance and customer offering –  for hotel, restaurant, pub, café or catering company –  through guaranteed access to the latest products across food and drink, catering equipment, interiors, technology, careers, and waste management solutions.


Bronze medal for Isabel Fortin in World Skills UK 2015


Isabel Fortin, a Level 2 Professional Cookery Student won a bronze medal for the Confectionery section in world skills UK. The competition took place on 26th ofAugust 2015, one of the most reputable competitions in the hospitality industry. Only 15 students were chosen for the  Confectionery heat, Isabel being one of them. WorldSkills aim is to showcase the value of skills and raise the recognition of skilled professionals worldwide.

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April Poblete awarded prestigious Lion Awards


April Poblete awarded City & Guilds’ prestigious “Future Leader of the Year” Award


April Poblete was unveiled as the latest winner of City & Guilds’ Lion Awards “Future Leader of the Year 2015” on 17th June 2015 at the exclusive Prince Albert Suite, situated in the world-famous London Zoo.

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