Milton Keynes College has partnered with BBC's Bake-Off Crème de la Crème judge Claire Clark MBE to offer a range of unique Patisserie courses. This exciting, newly-formed partnership will put students through their paces, where they will learn specialist techniques and methods to get the most out of their work.
Learners will benefit from studying in a brand-new state of the art pastry kitchen and will receive expert tuition from experienced lecturers and industry pastry chefs, including Samantha Rain, Helen Vass, and many more. The programme includes part day, one day, evening and weekend courses for home bakers and professionals. The areas covered includes; chocolate, sugar work, bread, pastry work, modern desserts, classic desserts, plating desserts, and much more. Specific times of the day will also be focused on, such as the classic afternoon tea, and the constantly growing trend for baking real bread.
The Academy can also accommodate 14 full-time students, who will have the opportunity to undertake work experience with Claire Clark in her 'day job' at her business, Pretty Sweet, which is based in London.
Claire has an extensive Patisserie career, spanning from the grandeur of The Ritz, Claridges and Intercontinental and Westbury hotels, to the more diverse Sir Terence Conran’s Bluebird. From setting up a pastry kitchen at the House of Commons, to becoming senior pastry lecturer at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute. This led her to establishing her business, Pretty Sweet, alongside business partner Sarah Crouchman, in 2014. Pretty Sweet sets a new standard for creative patisserie; providing delights for Wimbledon, The Brits and many other events in the UK and overseas. Claire was recognised in the 2011 Queen's Birthday honours list, and is the first person in the UK and only female recipient of "Meilleur Ouvrier de la Grande Bretagne" (MOGB) or "Best Crafts Worker of Britain". As well as this she is a double winner of the Craft Guild of Chefs' - Pastry Chef of the Year. All of these commendments recognise her commitment to her craft of patisserie.
"It's great to hear Milton Keynes College has aligned itself with someone so talented as Claire Clark to launch its patisserie academy. It's paramount that we nurture the potential talent in the next generation to secure the future of this great industry. Claire will bring a wealth of experience and depth of knowledge to the college" - Lee Maycock, National Chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs.
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