Master chocolatier joins GPFNK 2016

Posted on 24-03-2016

Pastry chef, chocolatier and the author of the best selling Afternoon Tea at Home, Will Torrent will be joining Michelin starred chef Glynn Purnell and X-Factor winner Sam Bailey
at Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen on October 7th 2016 at Villa Park’s Holte Suite.

The chef, who has worked with the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver and James Martin will join ‘Yummy Brummie’ Glynn on stage and will provide delicious petit fours for the 400 guests at the prestigious Midlands venue.


RPS1780_Will_Torrent_50Tickets are now on sale for the fun-filled, live show-cooking event that over the last two years has gained the reputation of being the best Friday night out in the Birmingham social calendar.

Award-winning presenter Suzanne Virdee will host the evening alongside Heart West Midlands presenter Ed James. The night will include on stage guests discussing and cooking their favourite dishes with Glynn before the audience enjoy the dishes themselves.


The event, which is in aid of blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia, has raised over £100,000 in the last two years and the former ‘Young Chef of the Year’ and Acorn Scholar, is excited to be a part of it:



RPS1780_Will_Torrent_SMALLER“I’m delighted to be creating some fun and tasty chocolate treats for Friday Night Kitchen along side Glynn and his team.”

“Its going to be a fantastic night and sure it will eclipse last year’s £60,000 total for such a good cause!”


GlynnCure Leukaemia Trustee Glynn said: “I can’t wait to taste Will’s petit fours and I’m thrilled he will be joining me this October.”

“He will be adding the finishing touch to the menu on the night and if you have a sweet tooth you will not be disappointed!”




willtorrentlogosmallWill Torrent began his career with a week with Heston Blumenthal at the age of 16. In 2007, following a First class Honours degree at the University of West London, he won the first Medallion of Excellence for a British Pastry Chef at WorldSkills Japan aged 21, he won the Roya
l Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Award of Excellence, then Young Chef of the Year in 2009, Acorn Scholar 2010 and the WorldSkills UK Outstanding Achievment Award 2012.

He has worked with top chefs including Jamie Oliver, Yolande Stanley MCA, William Curley, Brian Turner CBE and Gary Rhodes, as well as at The Dorchester, Claridges, The Lanesborough and The Fat Duck. In addition, his TV appearances include BBC’s Blue Peter, The Apprentice, Sweet Baby James and Ready Steady Cook, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club and ITV’s This Morning. He has been extensively profiled by the British press including The Times, Guardian, Metro, Food and Travel, Homes and Gardens, Olive, Waitrose Kitchen, The Simple Things and more.

He is a consultant pastry chef to Waitrose, Global Ambassador for Cacao Barry, WorldSkills UK and the Christian charity Tearfund, as well as being a member of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Academy of Chocolate and Guild of Food Writers. In 2013 he was inaugurated as a Patron on the world renowned London School of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure at the University of West London and is also a regular tutor at The Bertinet Cookery School in Bath. In 2014, Will was celebrated as one of the brightest prospects in the hospitality industry under the age of 30 at the Acorn Awards 2014. Will also hosts culinary theatres at trade and public shows such as Cake International, Salon Du Chocolat London and Speciality Chocolate Live as well as presenting award ceremonies including The Cake Awards, VQ Day, Movenpick Gourmet Dessert Chef of the Year, Cacao Barry World Chocolate Masters UK Final and more.

Pâtisserie at Home, his first book, was released in April 2013, aiming to take the fear factor out of desserts and in 2014 released Chocolate at Home, where Will demystifies the dark art of chocolate making, both published by Ryland Peters and Small. In 2016 he released Afternoon Tea at Home to critical acclaim, helping bring the elegance of afternoon tea to your table at home. To help launch Afternoon Tea at Home, Will designed two exclusive pieces of patisserie that were sold in The Tea Room at Harrods for a limited time.



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