Last Wednesday, local employers from the Catering and Hospitality industry came to Eastleigh College to dine at the new East Avenue restaurant.
The guests, including representatives from Holiday Inn, Chewton Glenn Hotel, Hotel Du Vin and Cunard, were attended to by our very own Catering students who were busy preparing, cooking and serving a spectacular three-course meal.
Many local businesses have worked closely with Eastleigh College over the years, providing work experience placements and job opportunities for our students. For example, our students are working with the Holiday Inn in Eastleigh to take over the entire hotel for 26 hours in January next year.
Robert Connway, Catering Operations Manager at Botley Park Hotel, said “The food was lovely, the lamb in particular was delicious. The restaurant is nicer than some places I’ve eaten at, which you don’t expect from a College!”
Claire Parrett from Chewton Glen Hotel said “The food was delicious, there is no way you could ever tell it was cooked by students. The service staff were very good and you could see their potential more and more as service went on and the nerves disappeared! We are always happy to offer employment opportunities to students who are completing their students and looking for their first steps into industry.”
At the end of the meal, the chefs joined the front-of-house students in the restaurant and received a round of applause from the guests!
We are delighted to have been recognised by The Times Education Awards for the support we provide to students who need to re-sit their GCSEs after leaving school. The excellent results our students achieved last summer include more than twice the national average gaining a maths GCSE, testament to the dedicated team of teachers who use innovative approaches and techniques to inspire our learners.
Young chefs and hospitality students from Eastleigh College were joined by other competitors from training providers across the south to take part in the southern regional heat of an established national competition. The Major Series 2020, which is organised by Major International in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs, saw 50 competitors take over Eastleigh College's three professional kitchens and East Avenue restaurant and work their culinary majic across ten different classes from 'afternoon tea' to 'street food'.