The Hospitality and Catering area is recognized locally and nationally as a dynamic, innovative and highly successful training environment with outstanding resources.
Students learn and demonstrate the highest levels of achievement in a Realistic Work Environment which includes three highly equipped ‘state of the art’ kitchens and the College Restaurant and Café.
Since refurbishment in September 2005 the Restaurant has received outstanding reviews from food critics and was awarded Restaurant Magazine’s UK ‘College Restaurant of the Year’ in 2009 after winning the Southern title on three occasions.
The eighty cover Restaurant provides students with a ‘West End standard’ environment to practice service and management skills in modern luxury surroundings with service at lunch and dinner and for a range of themed events and functions. The College Café provides a modern high turnover setting for the services of Italian Coffees, snacks and light lunches as well as a take away service.
Many Catering and Travel students enjoy visiting this facility during their leisure time! The fully licensed Bar boasts a real training environment to advanced students in Barista, Wine and Bar service operations.
The College Restaurant is supported by three kitchens boasting the latest equipment including state of the art Charvet ovens, induction hobs and high technology kitchen equipment. A dedicated pastry production area equipped with specialist bakery and pastry ovens provide opportunities for students to specialize in confectionary and patisserie.
All student Chefs are trained to the highest level with on course opportunities to work in a number of outlets including the Royal Household, and top London Restaurants as well as compete in National Competitions as part of the Aim High programme.
The Restaurant and Kitchen areas are equipped with the latest information technology equipment as found in major Hotels and Restaurants as well as closed circuit video display monitors with internet links to record kitchen activity.
As well as our lunch and dinners, our excellent facilities are home to several lavish banquets at which students have the opportunity to work with some of the world’s top Chefs. Past guest chefs have included Marcus Waring, Angela Hartnett and twice by Heston Blumenthal.
The area’s class room accommodation includes fully equipped computer suites and the latest learning and assessment equipment including CaTranet, the area’s on line learning and information portal.