The Claire Clark Academy at Milton Keynes College is to be sponsored by De Buyer, a French manufacturer of pastry utensils and cookware, and Chatham-based catering equipment supplier Signature FSE.

De Buyer has given pastry equipment including silicone moulds, perforated pastry rings, whisks, pastry mats and trays to the Claire Clark Academy, which opened last month.

Paula Sherlock, managing director of Signature FSE, said: “Claire Clark Academy will inspire and train the future great British pastry chefs, that’s why we are thrilled that de Buyer and ourselves are involved in this initiative.

“Students, professional chefs and home bakers all deserve to learn and improve their skills using the best pastry and cooking equipment available on the market.”

De Buyer is also a corporate sponsor of the Association of Pastry Chefs (APC) whose 200 members “include some of the best pastry chefs in the country,” it said in a statement.

Of the new collaboration with the academy, it said it was proud to be involved in the project.

Since opening last month, the Claire Clark Academy has recruited the expertise of chefs including Will Torrent, Barry Johnson, Mark Tilling, William Curley, Graham Hornigold, Samantha Rain, Helen Vass, Matt Owens, Makiko Searle, Benoit Blin, Juliet Sear, Mike Zietek, and Liam Grimes and the military team from BBC2’s Bake Off: Crème de la Crème.

It is currently open for part-day, one-day, evening and weekend courses for home bakers and professionals, and will start its full-time programme for Milton Keynes College students in September 2017.