A YOUNG Exeter chef has this week swapped his Devonian kitchen to experience life as a chef in three of London’s top restaurants.
Ciaran Brennan, 17, works at The Magdalen Chapter as a Commis Chef. However thanks to his boss Head Chef Ben Bulger, Ciaran will be heading to The Capital to get first hand experience of what it is like to work in some of London’s most renowned dining establishments.
This week (week commencing October 28th), he will be spending time working with the kitchen brigades at the famous River Café, Moro and Bibendum.
He said: “I am really excited about this opportunity to go and spend time in these famous restaurants’ kitchens. Working at Bibendum is going to be a real highlight as I work closely with Simon Hopkinson here at The Magdalen Chapter and that is obviously a place so close to his heart! It is always fantastic to work with other chefs and pick up tips and advice from them. Every kitchen environment is so different and every head chef has a different way of working. It will be fascinating to work alongside them.”
Head Chef Ben Bulger has arranged the week’s placements for Ciaran as part of his professional development plan.
Ben said: “Young chefs thrive when they are pushed out of their comfort zone and when they have the opportunity to work in new environments with different teams. I have spent a lot of time working in kitchens across the world and I have learnt so much from every position I have held. Through my professional contacts, I have been able to put together this programme for Ciaran. He is a fantastic young chef and I think he will get so much from spending time in these internationally renowned restaurants.”
Ciaran Brennan joined the kitchen brigade at The Magdalen Chapter in July 2012. He is also currently studying for his Professional Cookery VRQ2 Level Diploma at The Michael Caines Academy at Exeter College.