East meets West after trip to Beijing

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EASTERN cooking met western flavours when Buxton College’s Chef Lecturer travelled to China to deliver a cooking masterclass.

Gary Hammond spent a week at Beijing’s International Vocational Education School, where he taught the basics of classic western recipes, exchanged ideas and techniques with the school’s Chinese chefs and picked up some new Chinese cooking techniques to bring back to his students at Buxton College. He also demonstrated some cooking for the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture Multilingualism and Youth – Androulla Vassiliou – who visited the School the same week.

Gary said: “It was wonderful to be invited to China and to have the chance to share some western cookery techniques with their incredibly enthusiastic students. Luckily demonstrations overcame any language barriers we had. The learning was reciprocal so I brought back some new tricks and recipes to teach to my Professional Cookery students.” The College hopes to receive delegations of Chinese students in the next few years.