A YOUNG Woking lad has been whisked away by a prestigious London restaurant to cut his teeth on a culinary career.
In fact, a delighted 17-year-old Joe Lovell (below) has been dining out on what has been a huge demand for his cookery talents.
He has been inundated with job offers from well-known eateries, including from TV’s audacious celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred Pétrus and Bread Street Kitchen London restaurants.
Post-GCSEs, Joe whetted his appetite during a one-year Cordon Bleu Diploma course at Woking’s prestigious Tante Marie Academy in 2012, and the fruits of his labour paid off.
Rubbing shoulders with the likes of famous TV chef Michele Roux, students cooked alongside the most esteemed in the industry at the 2012 Taste of London Festival.
Joe’s Cordon Bleu Diploma was his meal ticket into the distinguished Savoy Grill – another of Ramsay’s London eateries.
He is now Chef de Partie where he works alongside, and continues to learn from, the Head Chef – appropriately named Andy Cook.
With aspirations to open his own restaurant one day, Joe is a shining example of a youngster with the hunger to succeed without the need for a degree.
Now in its 60th year, Britain’s first independent cookery school, the Tante Marie Academy, offers a great solution to students who don’t earn the GCSE/A-level results they are after, or those who are just keen to explore alternatives to university.
Managing Director and Principal, Andrew Maxwell, said: “Our courses have put Tante Marie on the map as a leading international cookery school.
“It has been the springboard for thousands of chefs who are now running successful businesses and enjoying careers in food and gastronomy around the world.”
No previous kitchen experience necessary, the academy’s professional Cordon Bleu Diploma course runs over three terms – from this September until June next year – and is designed for those with little or no background in cooking. It is most popular with students aged between 16 and 22.
The Tante Marie Culinary Academy at Woodham House in Carlton Road will be relocating to brand new, state-of-the-art premises in Alexander House on Commercial Way.
A quality training restaurant is planned to front the school when it moves to the centre of Woking early next year.
Andrew added: “We are looking forward to welcoming diners to experience the very best skills the graduates of Tante Marie Culinary Academy have to offer.”