A LETTERSTON chef returned to his roots last month to deliver a culinary masterclass to hospitality and catering students at Pembrokeshire College.

George Harding left the college in 2015 after progressing through Level 1, 2 and 3 of the catering course. He has since worked at Coast in Saundersfoot followed by a Michelin-star restaurant in Bristol.

George's next exciting move is as senior chef de partie at The Atlantic Hotel, Jersey, where he will work under the watchful eye of executive chef, Will Holland; recognised by The Good Food Guide as one of its predicted ten most influential chefs of the next decade. George worked alongside Will at Coast, after impressing him in the college kitchens when he came there to cook as a guest chef.

The Atlantic Hotel in Jersey is one of the top hotels in the British Isles and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. George is excited about his new role and came to share with learners the skills and ambition that have secured him this dream job.

As well as showing current students how to cook up some of his signature dishes, George talked to them about how important it is to take all the opportunities presented to them and how the contacts they make during guest chef evenings in the college can open doors for them in the future.

"It is really important when chefs come in to give 110%," he told them, "as you don't know where it could lead."

Hospitality lecturer at the college, Pauline Matthews, invited George back to deliver the masterclass to current level 2 and 3 students.

"We hope that George's visit will have inspired our current students to push themselves to be the best chefs that they can be," she said.

"The opportunities in the hospitality sector are almost endless and we want to encourage our students to take those opportunities and to become the Michelin-starred chefs of the future."