Bake Off – The Professionals – Kevin Miller graduated from The Swiss Hotel School in Ferndale in 2004. Although Kevin studied Hospitality management initially he has a love and passion for cooking especially Pastry. This has led to international success and being chosen for the latest series of The Great British Bake Off – The Professionals.
The Great British Bake Off is the ultimate battle where 12 pairs of passionate professional pastry chefs fans compete to be crowned the UK’s Best. Over the course of 10 hour-long episodes, the series follows the trials and tribulations of the competitors as they attempt to prove their baking prowess. Each week the chefs tackle a different skill, which become progressively more difficult as the competition unfolds. The series starts on Channel 4 TV in the UK on 25th May.
After graduating Kevin found his calling as a Pastry Chef and worked in South Africa for various Hotels and Lodges. He also had the privilege of working as a Chocolatier for one of the best chocolate companies, Lindt & Sprungli, this provided him with a great opportunity to express his creativity. In 2014 he left to work in Michelin star restaurants in the UK.
‘I am grateful to the Swiss Hotel School and its staff members for giving me the initial foundation of knowledge and passion for the industry’ says Kevin ‘ this has helped me over the years and inspired me to reach my dreams.’
Kevin and his Bake off colleague Maria-Vittoria are representing London’s 5* hotel The Lanesborough, which proudly sits on Hyde Park Corner.
His Bake Off Bio reads- Team Captain Kevin is driven by a desire to show that South Africa can produce some of the best pastry chefs, and in 2010 he was a member of the South African Culinary Team winning 2 silver medals at the Culinary World Cup. His career has seen him working at 5* establishments in his home country of South Africa and as Senior Chocolatier for Lindt before moving to the UK and gaining even more stripes on his chef whites at places such as Hibiscus Restaurant, Petrus and Core before joining The Lanesborough as head pastry chef.
For more information on the Higher Certificate in Pastry and Bakery at the Swiss Hotel School click here
Stephen is a hospitality professional from Johannesburg South Africa. His career started with THF hotels in the UK and subsequently with the Southern Sun Hotel group in Johannesburg. Hickmore Recruitment / CareerMap, is a leading supplier of Senior and Exec recruitment services for the hospitality industry in Southern Africa. Stephen recently added career change services, headlining as CareerMap, to assist job applicants. Stephen is a founder and business developer of Pple Hospitality (formerly HSC) the largest Hospitality Industry full-service outsourced staffing company in South Africa. In March 2020 Stephen became a director and part-owner of the Swiss Hotel School South Africa. Stephen writes for a number of publications on food and hospitality industry matters, trends and opinions.