Luke Phillips, an old Buckswoodian and Masterchef entrant, came to visit the school on Wednesday the 15th of May and gave a masterclass on fine cooking with a select group of students. The smells filling the new kitchen by the Library certainly drew a crowd of pupils and teachers that taught Luke.
Luke graduated at the end of Form Five in 2009. He cooked steak with mushrooms and a Dover Sole with pea risotto with a medley of sea salad leaves including Oyster Leaf, Sea Purslane and Samphire.
“I used to go and cook at The Double Dragon Chinese Restaurant in Hastings, then I trained at the Specialised Chef Scholarship at The Bournemouth and Poole College. I worked at my placement in The Chewton Glen Hotel. I was also Head Chef at a Ski Resort in Austria.” said Luke.
Luke adds “After returning to England, I worked at the Webbe’s Restaurants (The Wild Mushroom, Webbe’s at The Fish Café, Webbe’s Rock-a-Nore and the Webbe’s Cookery School). I then returned to the Chewton Glen Hotel and I am still working there now.”
The students then asked Luke about the Masterchef competition…
“I went in the competition to compare myself to other chefs. Also I wanted to get my name out there and to push local food suppliers. I think I did succeed in this.” added Luke.
Luke has definitely sparked the students interest in cooking across the campus, with many wanting to be more involved in the evening meals and lessons.