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Picture of Paul with our studentsWorld renowned chef Paul Askew swapped The Art School for St Helens College as he visited the kitchens of St Helens College’s restaurant, Colours for a guest chef dinner.

Paul spent a full day, with students and challenged them to cook a number of courses in the style of his fine-dining restaurant The Art School. They were challenged to show off their patisserie and fishmongery skills as they produced courses including choux pastry and red mullet. Paul brought along some of his team from the restaurant to assist; including Daniela Tucci who has just been named as been named as Merseyside Young Chef of the Year 2016 as well as Katie Donnelly, St Helens College alumna currently employed as Senior Chef De Rang.

Hospitality students in the restaurant were headed up by Kay Johnson, currently Group Hospitality and Client Experience Manager at New Care. Kay boasts a wealth of experience in front of house management and hospitality, having worked with chefs such as Paul Heathcote, Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and other locally recognised Chefs including Nigel Howarth, Andrew Nutter, Simon Rimmer and Brian Turner through industry, education and currently through her work with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts of which, she is proud to be an academician and part of the northern board.

Paul said he was delighted to be able to give something back to those starting out in the industry “It’s a booming industry at the moment, but there is a shortage of skills”. Paul has spent much of his 35 year culinary career in Merseyside. He is a Northwest food champion, widely recognised as one of the region’s top chefs. A fellow of the Royal Academy of Culinary Art, he opened The Art School restaurant in Liverpool City Centre in September 2014.

Paul Askew - Guest Chef Dinner