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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Bebington apprentice challenged to cook breakfast for Marco Pierre White


Bebington apprentice challenged to cook breakfast for Marco Pierre White

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More couples opting for cheaper winter wedding

More couples opting for cheaper winter wedding,
Bristol Eve Post, 28.09.11

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Cadbury House ahead of The Ritz in Twitter stakes


Cadbury House ahead of The Ritz in Twitter stakes

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STUDENTS COOK FOR THE GODFATHER

PRESS RELEASE
Issued on 27.09.11

IT was a baptism by fire for the catering students of West Cheshire College when they met fiery chef Marco Pierre White to make breakfast for him and 30 guests.

The Godfather of modern cookery was at West Cheshire College’s Ellesmere Port campus on Friday morning (September 23) to officially open its new training kitchens and fine-dining restaurant, called The Dining Room.

The students invited Marco to an informal breakfast to mark the opening of the 38-seater restaurant with guests including the Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Cllr Angela Claydon, and the Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Eleanor Johnson.

The day before Marco had invited 10 of the students to his Steakhouse, Bar and Grill – based at Chester’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - to grill him about his passion, career and expertise before sampling the Marco inspired cuisine.

Marco says:

For someone in my position, I think the greatest gift you have is to inspire young chefs. All the great chefs I have worked with influenced and inspired me in a different way and fuelled my passion for good locally sourced food.
The best advice I could give to these young people is that you make sure you work in the right establishment with the best chef. Be respectful, keep your head down and work hard. It is not an easy life but rewarding for those with passion.
It’s an honour to open the College’s kitchens and restaurant for the students. I hope they take this opportunity, build on their skills and go on to make great food.

Marco is adamant that great food should be accessible to all - whether that is a trainee chef making it or someone eating it! It is a philosophy that Marco and his long standing friend and local restaurant entrepreneur, Francis Carroll, have successfully brought to the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, Chester, with its affordable glamour.

Sam Stevens, Manager for Hospitality and Catering at the College, said:

This was an amazing opportunity for our students to meet one of the country’s leading chefs. Not only did they get the opportunity to find out more about Marco’s experiences and pick up lots of advice, they also had the chance to cook for him as well.
It was a pleasure to welcome Marco to our College and the fact that he has opened our new restaurant The Dining Room is a great honour for us.

The Dining Room and its kitchens are part of West Cheshire College’s new 19,500 sq ft state-of-the-art campus off Sutton Way in Ellesmere Port.

The new campus opened its doors to students this month and boasts world-class vocational educational facilities as well as a whole range of new services and amenities open to the public.

The Dining Room will serve fine British cuisine with a modern twist. Its kitchen facilities include a fine dining kitchen with industry standard equipment for à la carte service, a 16-station training kitchen, a separate pastry kitchen where students will make homemade bread and cakes for sale in the College’s catering outlets.

The new Ellesmere Port Campus was built by BAM Construct UK and used over 7,000 tonnes of structural steel. Phase 2 will now follow which will involve the creation of a new art and design wing in the College’s former vocational centre which will open spring 2012.

For further information about studying at West Cheshire College, contact the College hotline 01244 670600 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk.

The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill and the Doubletree by Hilton, Chester, are operated by Sanguine Hospitality Ltd and are located on Warrington Road, Chester CH2 3PD, seconds away from junction 12 of the M53.

For further information, telephone Doubletree by Hilton, Chester on 01244 408 800 or visit www.doubletree.hilton.co.uk/chester.

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Winter weddings rise across Bristol and the South West

Winter weddings rise across Bristol and the South West

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Increase in winter weddings across South West

Increase in winter weddings across South West

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Cadbury House listed as one of UK's brightest businesses


Cadbury House listed as one of UK's brightest businesses

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Increase in winter weddings across South West

Increase in winter weddings across South West

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DUO TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC FOR AFRICAN KIDS

Press Release
Issued on 22.09.11

Two friends from Congresbury have been putting on the ritz to raise cash to help youngsters in Kenya.

Chantelle Shorland and Georgia Carne staged a charity ball at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, to build a primary school library.

The former Churchill School friends raised £4,000 with an evening themed as “a night at the movies” event in aid of Kilimani School near Mombasa.

I’m absolutely staggered just how well we did
said Chantelle, aged 20, who works at the hotel’s Marco Pierre White (MPW) Steakhouse Bar and Grill.

It was a huge thing for us and the most difficult thing we’ve ever done, but the night went like a dream and we’re delighted.
There was a brilliant atmosphere and everyone had just the best time.

Doubletree allowed the girls to use the hotel’s ballroom for the event that was attended by more than 90 guests.

Many local businesses contributed a raffle and charity auction with the top prizes including a one night stay at DoubleTree plus dinner at MPW and a one-night stay at the Holiday Inn, Bristol Airport, both donated by the companies, and a chocolate workshop donated by The Chocolate Tart cookery school.

The event also received sponsorship from Barclays, who agreed to double any money raised at the raffle.

The decision to raise funds for a school library came after Georgia became involved with the school after a holiday with her family in Kenya.

Seeing these children who just have nothing really touched our hearts. It wasn’t the poverty that struck a chord though it was the Kenyan attitude to moving things forward no matter what.
They succeed in overcoming huge obstacles in daily life where the rest of us might just turn back defeated, and I really wanted to do something to help them.
The money will be used to help build the library and to provide books and tables and chairs.

Georgia, aged 19, who works as a receptionist at Holiday Inn, Bristol Airport, is travelling to Mombasa on September 29 to teach in the school and build a library.

I’m leaving my job in the UK to commit to the project. It will be great to see the money we raised transformed into bricks and mortar.
I’d just like to thank everyone who made this possible for their help. It is going to make a difference to these children’s lives.

The girls raised the money under the umbrella of registered Bristol charity Maja Safi Projects.

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Four hands are better than two

Press Release
Issue Date: 20.09.11

A LOCAL spa is to debut the ultimate indulgent experience with a treatment boasting pleasure and relaxation times two.

The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall will be doubling up on massage therapists this September and launching Chester’s first four handed massage treatment.

As the name suggests, the four handed massage involves two therapists working as a team to treat one recipient simultaneously.

Both therapists work in a closely choreographed process, combing long, slowing strokes with other traditional massage techniques designed to relax the body.

The Club and Spa’s award winning therapist, Rebecca Cranfield, says:

It’s a great pleasure to bring this truly unique and wonderful treatment to our clients at the Club and Spa.

The amount of attention and relaxation we can provide with two therapists really is out of this world.

Each and every individual who has experienced the treatment has been delighted with the results. It really is the most fantastically relaxing experience and I encourage everybody to try it at least once in their life.

The four handed massage offers many of the same benefits of a regular massage, however at double the rate. Blood circulation and the amount of muscle easing are both highly increased and the client is allowed greater relaxation. Athletes also gain great benefits from four hand massages as it is believed their injuries heal faster with this type of massage.

The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall is tucked away within the Victorian walled garden of DoubleTree by Hilton Chester. The multi-million pound, purpose-built facility boasts a next generation gym and an industry leading spa, set over three spacious floors.

For more details about the Club and Spa Hoole Hall or to book treatments please call 01244 408840 email info@theclubandspa.co.uk or click on www.theclubandspachester.co.uk.

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Chester health club raises the heart rate of radio presenter

Press Release
Issue Date: 16.8.2011

A RADIO presenter’s shout-out to get into shape has been answered by local health club who have offered their personal training services for a whole year.

The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall, Chester recruited another member to its results driven personal training programmes as Heart Radio’s Angela Jay has embarked on a new fitness regime.

Angela Jay presents the weekday breakfast show on Heart FM across the North West of England and Wales with co-presenter Spence MacDonald.

Angela Jay says:

I’ve taken on the challenge and discovered there are so many more benefits to exercise than just toning up.

The personal training sessions are great for stress levels and also leave me feeling surprisingly energised!

I absolutely love working my personal trainer Emily and the facilities available at the Club and Spa actually make me want to go to the gym, who wouldn’t love a dip in an outdoor pool after a butt busting session!

Emily Muir, one of the Club and Spa’s experienced personal trainers, contacted Angela after listening to the breakfast show and offered to help the presenter to get in to shape and reach personal goals.

Emily says:

Angela was looking for tips to get fit and I thought what better way to showcase the ability of our personal trainers here at the Club and Spa.

I’m extremely confident that we will achieve all of Angela’s goals with the continuing support of our fitness team combined with Angela’s hard work and dedication.

I always look forward to our sessions plus Angela is great fun to be around, I especially enjoy all the insider celeb gossip!

The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall is tucked away within the Victorian walled garden of DoubleTree by Hilton Chester. The multi-million pound, purpose-built facility boasts a next generation gym and an industry leading spa, set over three spacious floors.

For more details about the Club and Spa Hoole Hall or enquires on personal training please call 01244 408840 email info@theclubandspa.co.uk or click on www.theclubandspachester.co.uk.

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Chester health club helps to train member for trek that raised more than £110,000 for Cancer charity.

Press Release
Issue Date: 04.08.11

A LOCAL fitness club helped to train a valued member for the trek of a lifetime to raise vital funds for one of the UK’s leading Cancer charities.

Club and Spa at Hoole Hall member Emma Carr, 32, from Chester recently embarked on a six-day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, the third largest mountain in the world whilst raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

As a founding member of the Club and Spa, Emma was able to explain her challenge to the experienced personal training team early on and receive the best possible programme suitable for her mammoth trek.

Emma says:

I had great support from the staff at the Club and Spa from the very beginning. I was at the gym four to five times a week and also spent time with the club’s personal trainers.

The General Manager also kindly allowed me to fundraise outside the Club and Spa on spinning bikes for several hours with a collection bucket.

After two years of planning, training and of course fundraising, Emma journeyed to Africa with her friend Hannah Morris to begin the biggest challenge of her life and climb the world’s largest freestanding volcano.

Emma and Hannah formed part of a 30 strong group of trekkers ascending the Rongai route of the mountain.

Emma continues:

There were no luxuries along the way and temperatures soared on the lower altitudes and soon became freezing higher up. The group had varying effects of altitude sickness along the way but we all kept going regardless.

On the very last stretch of the trek I walked for 17 hours straight, which seemed to be the longest day of my life, with so many mixed emotions from elation to despair.
I didn’t think I could be so physically exhausted, but I got through it. I have no doubt that without the training at the Club and Spa I would have not made it to the top.

Both Emma and Hannah raised £8,750 towards the total of £110,000 raised collectively by the trekking group.

Darren Dixon, General Manager of the Club and Spa at Hoole Hall, says:

Emma’s Kilimanjaro feat is absolutely inspirational and her efforts have raised an impressive total for charity.

We encourage all our members, new and old, to inform us of their training requirements and we will do everything in our power to help boost fundraising efforts and also assist with vital training.

The Club and Spa at Hoole Hall is tucked away within the Victorian walled garden of DoubleTree by Hilton Chester. The multi-million pound, purpose-built facility boasts a next generation gym and an industry leading spa, set over three spacious floors.

For more details about the Club and Spa Hoole Hall or enquires on membership and personal training please call 01244 408840 email info@theclubandspa.co.uk or click on www.theclubandspachester.co.uk.

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Monday, 26 September 2011

Monday Memo

Monday Memo, 
Liverpool Daily Post, 26.09.2011

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Top chef aims to inspire the future stars

Top chef aims to inspire the future stars,
15.09.2011

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Star chef to dine at hotel restaurant

Star chef to dine at hotel restaurant,
Ellesmere Port, 20.09.2011

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Spa to double up with new massage

Spa to double up with new massage,
20.09.2011

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Celebrity chef to star on hotel visit

Celebrity chef to star on hotel visit
Flintshire Chronicle, 15/09/2011

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