Pastry chef Claire Clark has announced that she will open up the Claire Clark academy on the 18th May 2017 at Milton Keynes College.

The grand opening will start from 7pm for Clark to give further details about the course and for attendees to view the facilities.

The academy will be available for students and home bakers to undertake part-time and weekend courses.

Clark has been supported by several members of the baking industry, including Will Torrent and the military team from BBC’s Bake Off: Crème De La Crème, who will deliver workshops to students and on the professional programme.

Clark could not contain her excitement to seeing her plan to open a patisserie academy come to life.

“This Centre of Patisserie Excellence truly has been created and supported by the industry for the industry,” Clark said. “Students will leave the college, not only with their professional qualification, but with the added accreditation from the Claire Clark Academy - something we are working hard to ensure is highly recognised and respected, with chefs understanding the skills that the students will have acquired to achieve this.

“By opening the Academy doors beyond the college students, we can continue to develop other professionals and inspire home bakers too.”

The academy will officially open for its first intake of students in September 2017 and will have additional benefits of having work experience with Claire Clark at her business, Pretty Sweet, based in London.