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College’s Hospitality Students Grill TV’s ‘First Dates’ Star

Hospitality & Catering students studying at Coleg Llandrillo recently got the chance to glean some top tips on the profession from Fred Sirieix, maître d'hôtel of Michelin-starred restaurants and star of hit TV series ‘First Dates’, ‘Million Pound Menu’, ‘Remarkable Places to Eat’, and ITV’s recent success ‘Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip’.

The students had the opportunity to field their own burning questions to Fred via a one-hour virtual chat with him. Topics included the various roles and challenges within the hospitality industry, advice on what career path to take, and his blossoming career within the entertainment industry.

Brian Hansen, Level 2 course coordinator for Hospitality & Catering at the college’s Rhos-on-Sea campus said: “During the recent lockdown we wanted our students to have a rich learning experience via online learning at home, so it was a wonderful opportunity for them not only to hear life experiences first-hand from a world-class professional, but to get the chance to ask Fred any questions directly.

“The college is committed to transforming the lives of all its students and we aim to provide the highest quality provision possible, so we were really grateful to Fred for giving up his time to motivate and inspire our learners.“

Fred is the latest in a long line of guest speakers that the college’s Hospitality & Catering department has organised for its students during the pandemic: from celebrity chef and ex-Coleg Llandrillo student Bryn Williams, through ‘Great British Menu’ star David Kelman, to another ex-student, Nick Rudge, who works alongside chef legend Heston Blumenthal at the latter’s infamous restaurant, ‘The Fat Duck.’

The college group’s Hospitality & Catering programme area is the only one in Wales to offer full and part-time courses from Level 1 to Bachelor Honours Degrees in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, as well as Apprenticeships, NVQs and customised employee training. These specialist programmes provide learners with expertise, a recognised qualification and the opportunity to enter organisations of culinary and gastronomic innovation.

For more information about Hospitality & Catering courses starting at Coleg Llandrillo in September, go to or call the college's Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.