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Pastry Chef Cherish Finden to Speak to Hospitality Learners

Hospitality learners at the Grimsby Institute are set to learn tips of the trade from the ‘crème de la crème’ of pastry chefs, with a virtual visit by Cherish Finden.

A multi-award winning chef, Cherish recently took on the role of Executive Pastry Chef at Pan Pacific London, after eight years in the same role at The Langham. She also features as a judge on television’s Bake Off: The Professionals.

Credit: Bernard Zieja

Cherish was born in Singapore, where she trained at the Shatec Culinary School before joining the five-star Raffles Hotel as Sous Chef, spending three years creating everything from irresistible desserts to incredible showpieces.

With more than 20 years’ international experience, the renowned chef has won over 25 medals in competitions and events around the world, including leading the Singapore Pastry Team to eight gold medals at the IKA Culinary Olympics in 2000.

Cherish’s work at The Langham also earned it the Tea Guild’s ‘Top London Afternoon Tea’ award in 2010 and ‘Service of Excellence 2013’ for three consecutive years, whilst she also was also awarded ‘Pastry Chef of the Year’ by the Craft Guild of Chefs in 2012.

And now, the award-winning chef is set to pass on her industry insight on to learners at the Grimsby Institute as well as The Academy Grimsby, as part of a special virtual visit via Microsoft Teams on Thursday, 4th March.

Paul Robinson, Associate Principal for Commercial Enterprise at the Institute, said: “We’re so grateful that Cherish has taken time out of her very busy schedule to talk to our Hospitality learners.

“She is inspirational in what she has achieved within her career and it’s very exciting for our learners to have exposure to highly skills people within the industry.

“The hospitality industry is facing extremely tough times currently, so it’s important that we showcase what a fantastic career Cherish has had within the trade and give our learners an opportunity to question her on the journey she has taken.”

Cherish also sent learners an inspirational message ahead of her visit, telling them: “Never give up! You are stronger than you think you are.

“Your mind is a very powerful tool. You can achieve anything if you believe in yourself.”