Richemont School of Excellence

Richemont School of Excellence

Two of Tameside College’s Bakery students visited The Richemont School of Excellence in Switzerland this term after winning awards offered by the Worshipful Company of Bakers.

Gabrielle Baxter and Harry Clegg travelled to Switzerland to attend a specialist training course at the world renowned Richemont School. The School is well known for its excellence and creativity, offering very few courses in English. This made the visit a unique and valued opportunity which lead to a further invitation to join the International Richemont Club, which is an honour within the Bakery Industry.

The programme was specially designed by the Worshipful Company of Bakers and incorporated delegates from the Industry, a representative of Betty’s of Harrogate and allied trade professionals, alongside bursary winners from various Bakery Colleges. Current VRQ Level 3 Bakery student Harry Clegg won the Worshipful Company of Bakers Bursary and Gabrielle Baxter was the winner of the Piero Scacco Award, which is aimed at those wishing to develop specialist craft confectionery expertise.

The five day trip consisted of both bread and confectionery specialist training, producing a variety of specialist breads which included technical information and demonstrations of various types of bread such as: chillibread with sweet corn. The confectionery elements of the programme included traditional Swiss products along with chocolate and marzipan work.

The programme was very full and an experience of a life time. On the final day each delegate was awarded with a diploma. The students also attended a special traditional evening and a dinner with the Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, Mr David Powell.

Lorna Jones Bakery Lecturer said, “I was elated to have TWO of our students participate in this event. I wish to express sincere thanks to The Worshipful Company of Bakers for its continued support in Bakery Education and Training.”