Eastleigh College students will showcase their hospitality and catering skills at the Semi Final of the UK Young Restaurant Team of the Year 2018 competition in May. The competition will see ten colleges from across the country compete for the winning title, which could earn them tickets to The Skills for Chefs Conference this summer, and includes networking and a Gala dinner.
The annual competition returns for its 7th year and will see two of Eastleigh College’s aspiring chefs, and one Front of House specialist compete as a team for a place in the finals. The team includes Tara and Georgia-Mae who are leading on the food menu, while Michael focusses his attention on Front of House. Team mentor and class lecturer Greg Cheeseman, comments “I’m proud to be a mentor for such an innovative selection of students who will gain valuable experience competing in the competition. This is already evident in the work they have put into researching and preparing for the event.”
The ambitious students have designed a 3-course menu to suit the competition theme Latin America Cuisine. Speaking about the competition, Tara who is studying Level 3 Hospitality and Catering comments “I’m excited to work closely as a team and use the skills I’ve learned on the course in a different environment. We’re not used to working under as much time pressure so it’ll be very different to what we’re used to.”
Our Hospitality and Catering students regularly compete in industry recognised competitions to extend their experience in areas which include, time management, initiative and creativity in a bid to prepare them for their future careers. The competitions and events are also an opportunity for students to network with professionals within the industry, which can lead to more opportunities during and after college.
One of Eastleigh College's governors, Councillor Judith Grajewski, has been appointed Local Authority Director of Solent LEP. This Local Enterprise Partnership brings the business community together with the further education and higher education sector to ensure a prosperous and sustainable economic future in the region.
Eastleigh College has been awarded AoC Beacon Status in two areas, in recognition of its excellent support for students, and for the College’s work with employers, providing professional training and delivering skills to help grow the economy.