Our Alumni

The Vincent Rooms at Westminster Kingsway College have a long-established history of helping all students achieve their dreams, going onto become experts in their field, including household chefs and culinary experts.

Some of our world-famous alumni include:

  • Jamie Oliver – Chef
  • Ainsley Harriott – Chef
  • Anthony Worral Thompson – Chef
  • Kang Leo – Chef
  • Henry Herbert – Chef

In addition to this, we have an extensive roll call of celebrated chefs, who learned their craft working in The Vincent Rooms, and who have gone on to work in senior positions in some of the most highly regarded restaurants in London and beyond:

  • Ben Murphy – Head Chef, Launceston Place
  • Jordan Kerridge – Head Chef, The Gamebird, The Stafford Hotel, St. James
  • Dan Lee – Executive Chef, Warbrook House Hotel
  • Ben Arnold – Chef Patron, Home Restaurant, Belfast
  • Marcelo Geraldini – Executive Sous Chef, The Reverie Hotel, Saigon, Vietnam
  • Charlie Lee – Training Co-Ordinator, Hotel School
  • James O’Keefe – Food and Beverage Director, Danesfield House Hotel and Spa
  • William Chilila – Sous Chef, The Orerry, Marylebone
  • Milly Dowling – Head Waiter, Core by Claire Smyth, Notting Hill
  • Alex Dilling – Executive Chef, The Greenhouse Mayfair
  • Dan Smith and Natasha Smith – Chefs Patron The Fordwich Arms, Surrey
  • Scott Parker – Ex Head Chef Midsummer House, Cambridge
  • Dharam Ramlogan – Owner, Dinner by Appointment, London
  • Edoardo Pellicano – Head Chef, Maos, Shoreditch
  • Simon Woodrow – Head Chef, Wild Honey, Sofitel Piccadilly
  • Rafael Cagali – Head Chef, DaTerra Restaurant, Bethnal Green
  • Luca Meola – Owner, Rosella Restaurant, Camden
  • Richard Giles – Ex Head Chef, Sorrel, Dorking
  • Michael Paul – Head Chef, Chotto Matte
  • Selin Kiazim – Chef Proprietor Oklava and Kyseri
  • Paul Walsh – City Social, and The Betterment at The Biltmore
  • Darrel Wilde – Executive Head Chef, Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa
  • John Lawson – Food by John Lawson
  • Geoff Galvin – Galvin Restaurants
  • Geoffrey Smeddle – The Peat Inn Fife
  • Shaun Dickens – The Boathouse Henley on Thames

In addition, we have produced some recent entrepreneurs who are changing the face of dining in London, the UK as a whole, and the world:

Alumni Association

If you’re an alum of Westminster Kingsway College, why not join our Alumni Association?

Whether you have just graduated or left some time ago, we can help to keep you involved with Westminster Kingsway College and your fellow alumni. Tell us where you’re working, and we can add your details to our ever-growing list of alumni here. 

Our inspiring and supportive Alumni Association combines students from all of the Capital City College Group colleges – Westminster Kingsway College, City and Islington College, the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London and Capital City College Training – and helps you stay connected with each other, the college you attended and the local community, as well as continuing to enrich your learning and expand your horizons.


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Delightful meal Visted for lunch today in Escoffier Room (held in Brasserie section on this occasion). Welcomed warmly by reception and students as usual. The Escoffier menu was outstanding. There was not a course you could fault. The compte brulee was my favourite - will try and duplicate this at home! Food was beautifully presented and superb. The students were effecient,friendly and helpful. Better than my birthday meal at a Michelen starred restaurant. Sadly not many customers due to covid however very safe set up so would encourage others to go. Amazing value for money.
The Vincent Rooms I had a very pleasant and relaxed 5 course meal with wine pairing. The food and wine were excellent, the staff are students at the college and are helpful and informative. For £60 it can’t be beat for value. A firm favourite.
Budding chef’s creations Delicious food created and served by students at Westminster Kingsway College. Six course tasting menu - wine and food - of very high quality and at a very reasonable price. The experience so enjoyable and good to encourage the young chefs who’ll be running our restaurants in due course.
Lovely lunch, hope to return soon We ate in the Escoffier and had the seafood menu with accompanying wines. All was very good and we enjoyed very much. To my personal taste : 1. the tomato consume added little to the seafood medley. 2. The crumble detracted from the sorbet. 3. The chocolate bavoirois would have benefitted from a contrasting flavour on the plate, eg citrus, ginger, or other fruit. Thank you and best wishes to all the students.
Sue Twyford
Sue Twyford
Fantastic menu and attentive service A lovely atmosphere with very attentive service, a seven course seafood themed menu. Each course was delicious, the dover sole being a particular delight. The price for a fine dining menu was excellent and well worth a visit, we will be returning and would highly recommend.
Laura E
Laura E
Perfect lunch - delicious dishes and great service Like most people, my husband and I haven't eaten out that much recently so it was a real treat to come here for lunch yesterday. The tables were spaced out very comfortably and the environment was modern, inviting and spacious. The menu (which changes every week) was really interesting, created in partnership with New Covent Garden Market so you could chose to have an entirely vegetarian 7-course lunch or one which included fish and meat, but conveniently you could pick and chose per course. I mainly had the fish/meat menu but hand-picked the artichoke starter which was so fresh and tasty, a great choice. The pork belly main with scallop was a definite highlight, but all the dishes displayed a high level of sophistication and strong mastery of different techniques. Im a celiac and they were very good at accommodating this in the dishes, even giving me different petit fours. Top marks, we will be returning soon!
The best value, high quality, enjoyable eating in London for sure! We ate at the Escoffier room which is the 7 course set menu option. A bargain at £31 a head which included super high quality produce cooked with skill by the third year students. Interesting, flavoursome dishes with a weekly changing set menu. This week was a sea food based menu which didn't disappoint. service staff are first year students which are learning the ropes in the hospitality world. Maximum effort and attention was given by everyone we met. well worth checking out if you want something a bit special and we will definitely be returning again soon!
THIRD VISIT- OUTSTANDING AGAIN Another great lunch with friends , our third visit to Escoffier and many visits to the Brasserie in the past, see pervious reviews. First time to the newly decorated Escoffier, which has been done very tastefully, another truly enjoyable culinary experience and service by the students of a six courses theme menu with matching wines with a vegetarian options if required, outstanding value. The presentation and quality of the dishes were excellent with students explaining each dish as it was served. The whole location is very COVID secure, well done to everyone. This is a must visit when in London, as usual we will back. Thank You again.
Alison M
Alison M
Try it you will not be disappointed Had a fantastic lunch in the Escoffier room. 6 amazing courses well put together and very reasonably priced, being cooked and served by the students at Westminster College. Julia our server was very personable and attentive (in a non intrusive way) All the courses were well cooked, the standout being the fish course, a perfectly cooked sole paupiette and fine vegetables showing excellent knife skills. With a different theme each week (British seafood this week) certainly a place to visit regularly.
Superb food in a Covid secure restaurant This was our first visit in the new academic year. Based on previous visits our expectations were very high and to our astonishment the quality of cooking was even higher than we remembered. We had six dishes between the two of us (we always share!) and all of them could have come from a high-end professional kitchen - they were tasty, innovative and very well presented. David, the student assigned to look after us, was unobtrusive but attentive, showing true professionalism. Also from our entering the building to our leaving we were very aware of how much thought was put by staff into making sure that the whole experience was made as Covid-secure as possible. I would strongly recommend a visit to this restaurant, not only because of its very reasonably priced excellent food and service but also in order to support the college staff in training future generations of hospitality professionals. I thank all of the staff and students for their superb service and look forward to another visit.
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