Michelin star opportunity for College student

Barnsley College student Matt Rogers will packing up his chef whites and heading to Oxford this spring after landing a job at a Michelin starred restaurant.

Matt, 19, from Oxspring has been studying a Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery at Barnsley College for the past two and a half years, and will be taking his passion for cookery to Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, a luxury hotel-restaurant situated in the village of Great Milton near Oxford.

The restaurant, owned and run by the leading French chef Raymond Blanc, has two Michelin stars and is capable of serving 260 guests per day. Located in a historic manor house, the gardens are used to grow fresh food for the restaurant.

Matt said: “I have always enjoyed cooking; I visited France a lot with my parents and spend a lot of time watching food programmes on TV.

“I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to learn more and improve the knowledge and skills I have gained at Barnsley College.”

Claire Taylor, Course Leader for Catering and Hospitality recommended Matt for a one day trial at the restaurant. Impressed by his knowledge and experience, Matt was invited to take on a 12-week placement in August 2013.

Executive Chef at Le Manoir Gary Jones has been pleased with the high standard Barnsley College students are trained to after taking on another student, Nick Bentley, last year.

Claire said: “This is a great chance for our students to continue their learning in a fantastic environment; it is good to know that our teaching and excellent facilities are producing quality students worthy of this opportunity.”

Fellow student Nathan Ward is hoping to follow the same path and join Matt at Le Manoir in the future.

For more information on Catering and Hospitality courses at Barnsley College, please contact the Information Unit on Tel: 01226 216 123 or email:

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