We spoke to Queren Ngiay, student at Oxford Brookes University, about her experience of the Access Aspiration programme and how it has impacted her career so far. How did you come to be on the Access Aspiration programme? I first heard about Access Aspiration in sixth form when my homeroom teacher gave us an introduction
Chef & Author
Mike Reid is an esteemed chef and author. Mike’s passion for gastronomy began in his earliest years, but he didn’t commence his professional career until 2001, when he spent all of his free time learning the ropes at Truffles of Southsea brasserie. Following this, he trained in Le Gavroche and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, where his skills were honed under the tutelage of celebrated chefs Michel Roux Jr, Simone Zanoni and Mr Ramsay himself. In April 2007, Mike joined the team at Gaucho restaurants, swiftly earning himself a position as Head Chef. In 2013, Mike left London to spend six months at a number of Melbourne’s most celebrated restaurants, including Attica and Culter and Co. 2014 was a bumper year for Mike, in which he opened two restaurants on either side of the globe – Jardin Tan and one of London’s most interesting restaurants of the year, M. In September 2015, Mike returned full time to London to open the second M in Victoria St and write his first cookbook entitled M: A 24-Hour Cookbook. Mike has since opened a third M in Twickenham, and appeared on a variety of cooking TV shows including Sunday Brunch, MasterChef and the relaunched Ready Steady Cook.
How Access Aspiration kick-started my career
Ali Siddiqi took part in our Access Aspiration programme in 2018. He is now an Apprentice Surveyor at JLL. Here he shares his journey into work. Access Aspiration opened doors for me and gave me opportunities I thought I would never have access to. Not only did it help my confidence and grow my self-esteem,
My City and Me – Spotlight on: Tascha
It’s now been two months since we launched My City and Me – a project that gives young Londoners a creative platform to tell their Covid-19 stories. We have also joined forces with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York to connect NYC and London youth and share experiences of the pandemic. We have seen