Super College Chef showcase at Global Foodservice Summit

The Global Foodservice Summit 2021 brings senior culinarians from North America, Europe and Asia to Scotland virtually to meet with a range of Scottish producers.

The interactive online event aims to highlight the country’s finest produce and encourage long-term relationships.

Gary Maclean, Executive chef at City of Glasgow College, is taking part along with Darren Seggie, Lecturer in culinary arts and bakery at the college. They are both providing a demonstration for the Asian food market.

Gary said: “As a chef and educator, I’ve seen the huge upheaval the food and drink industry has faced this past year and how much it is continuing to adapt. However, the sector is also incredibly resilient and outward looking, with all of us keen to share our ideas with the world. The Global Foodservice Summit allows delegates and participants alike to do exactly that.”

The food and drink industry is worth around £15 billion each year to Scotland’s economy, with more than 17,000 businesses employing around 120,000 people.

For Darren Seggie, chef lecturer and former student at City of Glasgow College, the summit provides an ideal platform to promote the college as a vital stepping stone towards a career in the sector. He said:

“It’s great to have the chance to showcase not only Scotland’s incredible produce but also City of Glasgow College. It was my ambition as a student here to become a chef lecturer, which I’ve achieved, and now it’s my turn to highlight the fantastic opportunities available across our industry and help turn dreams into reality.”

May Donald, the college’s Associate Dean for Culinary Arts & Bakery, explains that  staff have all worked in the industry so have many contacts which can help open doors to students.

“Our contacts, and the partners we work with through the college, can open a whole new world to students who come and study with us,” she said. “And while the sector has suffered badly because of the pandemic, it will survive. It’s an industry that will always be needed and it is an industry that knows how to regrow and it will be reborn in a different way.”

For details on sector related courses on offer at City of Glasgow College, please visit our website.