Rob McLeary, Head Chef at The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell, London
Rob has worked with our hospitality and catering students through masterclasses.
He explained that he felt it was important for him to give something back to the next generation, but that there was also a benefit to his business.
“I studied at college and I’m all for showcasing to the students what the industry is about and where the industry can take you. I’m all about giving colleges something back.
“The industry is tough, and who knows what is going to happen over the next year, but the students that are at college at the moment are the next generation and they’re (who) other chefs and people like myself need to inspire.
“Everyone does things differently in this industry. They might have been shown how to prep a fish in a certain way, but if they (the students) see lots of different techniques, then they’re going to find one that their own ability prefers. You’re still getting the same result, but you’re doing it in a different way.
“When the students finish college and if they decide to move to London, they can always give me a call and there is the prospect of getting the next generation of chefs through the door.”