Conference showcases Sheffield’s best

Richard Corrigan, who is opening the Skills for Chefs conference

Richard Corrigan, who is opening the Skills for Chefs conference

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Two Sheffield institutions are joining forces next week to stage the prestigious Skills for Chefs conference.

The national event, organised by Sheffield University, is moving from its customary Octagon home to Sheffield College – a chance to showcase excellent facilities at the City campus.

Conference director David Mckown said: “After the same format for 14 years, we have decided to make a key change. The college has recently undergone a £65m refurbishment and now has some of the best facilities in the UK.”

In addition to the traditional keynote speeches and theatre presentations, this year’s delegates will have the opportunity to attend masterclass workshops in the well-equipped college kitchens.

“This will create an opportunity for delegates to learn new skills and the format will also improve the interaction between delegates and renowned chefs,” said David.

Among those taking part is Richard Corrigan – a favourite on Saturday Kitchen, Great British Menu and Full on Food – who is opening the conference.

First up in the demonstration kitchen will be Mark Sargeant, former head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Claridges restaurant. Other key names include Tom Kitchin, Lisa Allen and Nigel Haworth.

The conference also features an exciting social programme, including a Restaurant Safari calling at Artisan, Wig & Pen and Silversmiths. The finale is a gala dinner in Firth Hall, created by university executive chef Tracy Carr, Mick Burke from Sheffield College, Michelin-starred Steve Smith and local masterchef Murray Chapman.

A number of places have been set aside for local enthusiasts. See www.skillsforchefs.co.uk