Derry student’s Michelin star dream

Oliver Molloy pictured alongside celebrity chef Michael Caines.
Oliver Molloy pictured alongside celebrity chef Michael Caines.

A pupil from the North West Regional College’s hospitality school is celebrating after landing a dream job at what’s been described as the best restaurant in England.

Oliver Molloy completed the Professional Chefs Diploma in June at at NWRC and is about to start work alongside the renowned chef Michael Caines in his two Michelin starred restaurant Gidleigh Park.

The career break for the 21-year-old student came after his lecturers at the Strand Road campus organised a placement for him at Caines’ prestigious five star country house restaurant.

The local student was in awe of the artistic and intricate dishes being created by Michael and his team in the restaurant which was voted the UK’s number one restaurant by Harden’s Sunday Times Food List 2014.

“Day one was just so nerve wracking.” he said. “I spent the day on a tour of the facilities and shown to my quarters. It was in a different league. I then spent some time shadowing the chefs and watching how they go about their business. Everything is done with such precision and meticulously monitored by the staff.”

However on his last day Oliver was offered a job and will now be working alongside Caines who is regarded as one of the UK’s best chef.

Lecturer Douglas Walker, who selected Oliver for the placement, said: “Oliver was my automatic choice as I knew he had the talent and commitment to operate at the level required. He has always shown that he has what it takes to become a top class chef; he was the top achiever on his Level 3 course and his work ethic is second to none.

“His success at Gidleigh Park and job offer really is testament to the young man, but also to the work being done here in the College. We have a fantastic team working with the students training them to the highest standard, and this just goes to prove that NWRC is the place to prepare for a career in the Hospitality Industry.”

Another former student, Michael Clarke, is currently working under head chef Ben de Vijver in the Ulysses Restaurant at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.