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College gives students ‘a false sense of security’, says Marco Pierre White

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College gives students ‘a false sense of security’, says Marco Pierre White
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Marco Pierre White has questioned the value of catering colleges, insisting that learning on the job is the only way for young hospitality workers to develop their skills.

In a wide-ranging interview with Caterer, the former three-Michelin-starred chef-turned-restaurateur said he considered formal education a “waste of time”, adding that colleges were not able to prepare people for the industry and the challenges of working in a kitchen.

“College is the biggest waste of time,” White said. “It gives a false sense of security. In the real world they struggle. I believe in day-release for those who think it’s important to get qualifications.”

White added that the hospitality industry allowed people to express themselves, better themselves and create security. “Get into a good kitchen, stay for five years, keep your head down, take the bollockings and learn your trade,” he said.

Read Caterer’s exclusive interview with Marco Pierre White >>

White: “Learn your trade”

By Kerstin Kühn

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