Leeds City College is hosting patisserie masterclasses for students from 6th-8th of February as part of its collaboration with French training provider AFORMAC. Students will enjoy a two-day masterclass with esteemed bakers where they will complete practical sessions in both French and English bakery and patisserie.
The college is working with AFORMOC as part of a work experience scheme, whereby students spend three weeks working in a French bakery/ patisserie, living with a French family and learning new techniques. Bakers from employers Boulangerie Patisserie “Vanessa and Cedric”, and Boulangerie Patisserie “Au Tourment D’ Amour”, will be visiting Printworks Campus to work with students. Cedric Loget and Adrien Bussiere will begin their visit with a tour of Printworks followed by lunch at onsite restaurant, The Food Academy.
On the second day, the bakers will run a class, producing a selection of artisan breads, croissants and other regional and traditional French breads, with support from local French baker Thierry Dumouchel.Students at the college will then lead on a British bread-making session, demonstrating their skills in producing different varieties including: bloomers, teacakes and soda bread.
All the products made over the two days will be presented and displayed on campus.
“As France is renowned in the bakery and patisserie sector, AFORMAC prides itself on providing valuable work experience links for students. Students are able to develop their technical and professional abilities, as well as benefit from working and living in a different country for a few weeks. This often opens up their minds and makes them aware of cultural differences and widens their skillset
Sarah Baudry from AFORMAC
“We have been sending our bakery and patisserie students to France for the past eight years and throughout this time we have built great relationships with employers. They are a credit to their profession and our students have come back with valuable experience and memories.”
Fabrice Teston, Lecturer in Bakery and Patisserie at Leeds City College.