Macclesfield College are preparing to develop their Hospitality and Catering provision by appointing Michelin Star-winning TV celebrity Chef Aiden Byrne as the figure head of the much-anticipated Whites Chef Academy.

Situated on campus, the academy is recruiting now for courses starting September 2019, and is an exclusive programme for aspiring young chefs and those who aspire to work in the catering profession.

Students will learn contemporary cooking and hospitality skills, while also being mentored by a master in the industry, Aiden Byrne.

The idea for this pioneering academy – which will replace the Silk Room training restaurant – came about following a meeting Aiden had with the college’s innovative and driven Principal and Chief Executive, Rachel Kay.

Originally from Liverpool, Aiden has been an aspiring chef since leaving school at 16 when he enrolled onto a two-year catering and hospitality course at his local college.

Since then he has worked at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, West London and received a Michelin Star at Adlard’s in Norwich at the age of just 22.

More recently he acquired the Executive Head Chef role at the hugely popular 20 Stories restaurant in Manchester. Aiden also owns the ‘AA Restaurant of the Year’ winning Church Green gastro-pub in Lymm, Cheshire with his wife Sarah.

On top of this, Aiden has appeared in the highly acclaimed BBC Two series ‘Restaurant Wars’ while working at the famous Manchester House restaurant on Deansgate.

When discussing his thought processes behind this new venture, Aiden said: “What we’re trying to do here is instil a real sense of everyday working ethic into the students, and make them realise that their time at college is preparation for real life.

“By attending the new academy, they’ll not only be learning vital new catering and cookery skills, but they’ll also be learning invaluable life skills, and I think that’s what we’re missing out on at present.”

This is an extremely exciting time for Macclesfield College as they prepare to launch the new Whites Chef Academy with such a highly experienced and esteemed professional in their midst.

College Principal and Chief Executive, Rachel Kay, is confident that the new academy will be a huge success for the college and can be a stepping stone for future students who attend.

“We’re extremely pleased and excited about our new Hospitality and Catering offering, particularly because we have Aiden’s support and experience. I’m looking forward to the future and can’t wait to open the doors of the new Whites Chef Academy to the public.”