Two aspiring chefs have been completing work experience under the watchful eye of Fred Sirieix, star of the Channel 4 show First Dates.
Gabriel Innaccone and Joe Cheeseman (pictured), both 16, are first-year learners at London South East College’s hospitality, food and enterprise career college, and were sent on work placement at Galvin at Windows, the swanky Park Lane restaurant where Mr Sirieix (pictured centre) is general manager.
The Michelin-starred restaurant is situated on the 28th floor of the Hilton Hotel, and the learners have already been thrown in at the deep end, preparing meals in the kitchen with guidance from the restaurant’s chefs.
“As a product of a vocational education and training myself, I know just how an opportunity like this can be the basis of a very lucrative and rewarding career,” said Ben Hobson, the sous chef at the restaurant who supervised the pair.
“This line of work relies so much on your attitude, as well as having an eye for quality and detail. It means working very hard and be willing to listen, observe and learn. It also requires lots of determination.”