One of the country’s best chefs, seafood specialist and multi Michelin star Nathan Outlaw, celebrated five highly successful years of his dedicated training academy in Cornwall on Tuesday.
Nathan, who was recently awarded the Best Restaurant in the UK by the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2018, has several establishments including Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac and Outlaw’s at The Capital Hotel in London.
But as well as his commercial successes, Nathan is also proactive in delivering specialist training to the next generation of professional chefs, and in 2012 set up his own academy in conjunction with The Cornwall College Group, Academy Nathan Outlaw at Cornwall College.
“What you need to succeed in hospitality is confidence, whether in kitchen or out in the front, serving beautiful canapes like tonight,” Nathan said.
“I wanted to give confidence to these learners and give them the tools to go to an employer and say ‘I can do that job’.”
Five years on since starting the Academy, students have gone on to do some fantastic things, according to Nathan.
“We have had an Observer Food monthly Young Chef of the Year who went on to work with Sat Bains and Pierre Koffmann, and Tom Brown came from Cornwall College – it just shows it has worked and exciting to see where we can take it from here,” he added.
Nathan also thanked the staff “from the bottom of my heart” at the Colleges in Camborne and St Austell for their support.
“I enjoy teaching people, it gives me great pleasure seeing students succeed and throughout my career I have always believed that training is a key ingredient to help nurture and develop people who are keen and passionate about cooking,” he added.
Cornwall College hosted the celebratory event at its popular public-facing training restaurant Trevenson, with a canapé and sparkling wine reception, the wine generously provided by the internationally award-winning producer Camel Valley. The canapé fillings were an adaptation of Nathan’s own recipes and the guest list included many of Cornwall’s prominent figures from industry and local business.
Grant Mather, Curriculum Lead, Catering, Cornwall College said the College was “naturally delighted to have Nathan as our key partner and during the past five years the academy has gone from strength to strength”.
“The amount of time Nathan and his team put into the academy is tremendous and he is really hands-on,” he continued.
“The feedback we receive from students is always positive and lots of our students have actually been employed by Nathan, Tom Brown who is Head Chef at Outlaw’s at The Capital Hotel and Zack Hawke of the Mariners, Rock are both ex-students”.
An Academy for students
The Academy at Cornwall College is run in conjunction with students’ vocational courses, offering those who demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment an additional route to enhanced specialist training, giving them the very best start to their careers.
Raoul Humphreys, CE and Principal The Cornwall College Group said that young people in Cornwall were looking for careers, but perhaps weren’t aware of the incredible opportunities available to them.
“We have fantastic staff that are absolutely qualified to the training, but there is also important to have line of sight on successful people who have made it to the very top of their industry and that is the sort of thing that helps people understand the great opportunities that are out there,” he continued.
“We base a lot of our thinking on the ethos that doing something is a much better way of making learning real. The massive difference that this partnership makes is Nathan and his team getting involved enabling our learners to get hands on experience, making their learning much deeper.”
While Raoul highlighted that Cornwall College is one of the top catering colleges in the country, receiving three Centres of Excellence, a Gold Accreditation, AA College Rosette awards and links to many high profile restaurants including River Cottage and Fifteen, he added there wasn’t room for complacency.
“These relationships with the very best in their industry help us keep us on our toes and I look forward to celebrating many more years of Academy Nathan outlaw at Cornwall College,” he added.
Nathan’s impressive career began at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hyde Park London, quickly progressing to work alongside celebrity chefs Gary Rhodes and Eric Chavot. In the late 90s he worked with well-known and respected seafood chef Rick Stein, before venturing on his own.
His businesses now include restaurants in Cornwall, London and in the prestigious Burj Al-Arab hotel in Dubai, reportedly the only seven-star hotel in the world. He is also a popular regular on television shows such as the BBC’s Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen.
For more information on the range of Catering and Hospitality courses visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.