Harry Cooks up Michelin-Starred Move

Macclesfield College White’s Academy graduate Harry Dowse has secured an apprenticeship at the prestigious Elephant restaurant in Torquay which has held a Michelin star for 15 years.

Eighteen year old Harry, who competed his Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills at Whites, jumped at the chance to join the brigade under one of the UK’s most decorated chefs, Simon Hulstone.

A previous Roux Scholarship winner, Simon has twice represented the UK in the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most challenging and prestigious culinary contest and was captain of the British team in the Culinary Olympics and Culinary World Cup in 2010 and 2012.  

Harry explains: “I’ve loved my course at Macclesfield College and I’ve learnt so much, especially from my tutor Daniel who has worked at many Michelin-starred restaurants.

“I knew I was interested in travel so I’m excited about moving to Devon. I’ll be staying with one of the chefs initially, then moving into a shared house. I’m keen to put my technical skills to the test and to build on them, working with some of the best young chefs in the country.”

Elephant chef proprietor Simon Hulstone said: “I’d heard about the talent at the White’s Academy so when I was interested in taking on an apprentice I got in touch. Harry came down to the restaurant for a chat and to meet the team and we were impressed, not only by his culinary skills but also his ability to be organised, tidy and calm when working.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming him to the team later this month.”

The Elephant restaurant uses local produce from the area and ingredients grown and reared on the restaurant’s dedicated farm in South Devon to create a seasonal tasting menu and a la carte offer.