Afternoon Tea is a HIT at Ashburton Chefs Academy

Photos © David Caunter 2015

Students studying the Diploma in Professional Patisserie at the Ashburton Chefs’ Academy showed off their impressive culinary skills last week when they served up a traditional Afternoon Tea to paying customers.

The charity event took place over two afternoons on Weds 2nd and Thurs 3rd December at the renowned cookery school in Ashburton.

Over fifty paying guests were served a mouth-watering array of delicious finger-sandwiches, delicate patisserie and scones on 3-tiered serving plates with all of the components, from jam to tarts being made by the students.

The students are in their final term of study for a Diploma in Professional Patisserie, a 6-month intensive course designed to launch the careers of aspiring chefs and one of the highest-level qualifications for Pastry Chefs available in the UK.

“After 5 months of intensive training our students have reached a very high standard of skill”, says Pastry Chef Manager Colin Bennett.  “This practical challenge is part of the final stage of their diploma and I couldn’t be prouder of their professional approach and the quality of patisserie they delivered”, he says.

Proceeds from the event have been donated to the H.I.T.S. Food Bank Charity which provides vital support to vulnerable people and families in the Teignbridge area, and a cheque for £450 was presented to Bob Newton at the end of the event.

“It was indeed an absolute privilege to be able to participate and enjoy the superb high tea that had been so expertly and professionally created by the students, and the generous donation from the school completed a perfect end to this wonderful event.”, says Bob Newton, Vice Chair of H.I.T.S.

Another event is planned in June 2016 following with a new intake of Patisserie Diploma students.

For more details and to book a place call the Ashburton Cookery School on 01364 652784.

Further details of HITS Food Bank can be found at

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