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Alumni Stories: Sandy Jarvis and Bavette

Leiths graduate Sandy Jarvis (ex Culpeper, Terroirs, Racine) and his sommelier husband Clément Cousin (Brawn, the Buxton) open their neighbourhood bistro Bavette in Horsforth, Leeds in February 2024. Here, Sandy tells us how an encounter with fellow Leiths alumnus Henry Harris decided the course of his career.

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Alumni Stories: Grace Truelove

Grace Truelove, 22, started her Leiths journey as a sixth-former, doing a cookery option with Leiths Academy alongside her A Levels. She went on to do the Three Term Diploma at Leiths School of Food and Wine, graduating in 2023 as ‘Student of the Year’.

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Seat at the Table: Jodienne Ball of Bake Yard

Jodienne Ball is the founder of Bake Yard, a social enterprise in south east London, established to meet the ‘kneads’ of young people through cooking, baking, and community building. Last year, she was one of the first cohort of Black hospitality workers to be awared a study scholarship on the Ben’s Original™ Seat at the Table™ programme in partnership with Be Inclusive Hospitality.

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Alumni Stories: Ayesha Kalaji

Leiths graduate Ayesha Kalaji is executive chef and co-founder of Queen of Cups, a 17th Century coaching inn turned modern Middle Eastern restaurant in Glastonbury. Ayesha draws influences from her Jordanian roots to create food that saw Queen of Cups awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide within one year of opening.

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Alumni Stories: Helena Busiakiewicz

Leiths Diploma graduate Helena Busiakiewicz is food content creator for BBC Good Food, an action-packed role that involves recipe development and content creation for BBC Good Food’s website, TikTok, Instagram, print magazine, and sister title Olive.

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Alumni Stories: Caitlin Walsh

Caitlin Walsh knew early on that she wanted to be a chef. She chose not to go to university after A Levels in order to enrol at Leiths, where she was awarded Student of the Year in 2018. Now a chef de partie in pastry at Harrods, Caitlin was this year crowned Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ Young Pastry Chef of the Year.

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