The outstanding catering department at Highbury College Portsmouth is well known for producing some of the best chefs in the country – including Clare Smyth, the first female British chef to hold and retain 3 Michelin stars.

Students from the College are used to producing world-class cuisine at Chimes Restaurant, which is open to the public.

Now they’ve had the chance to show off their skills even further by taking over the Brookfield Hotel at Emsworth for the first in a series of College Lunches as part of British Food Fortnight.

The team of 16 prepared and served a stunning 3-course lunch to 70 diners. The mouth-watering treats included Citrus Cured Salmon, Salt Baked Celeriac and Rhubarb & Duck Egg Custard Tart.

“It was superb! Really, really good,” said Mark Sampson, Chair of the Expert Advisory Board for Catering at Highbury and General Manager of De Vere Hotel Venues.

Alistair Gibson, who organised the event, is part of the Emsworth Business Association, and used to own the Brookfield Hotel.

“I used to go to Highbury College myself, I studied catering there for 4 years, so this event is very close to my heart and it’s just brilliant,” he said.

Diner Sheila Lloyd, said: “The team have done very well. We had a very nice waitress and the food has been excellent.”

Highbury College offers a range of food production and hospitality management courses leading to superb careers in a vibrant global sector. Many ex-students have secured high-paying jobs as far afield as Australia and the US. Event management is also an exciting area of growth which is included in the hospitality programmes.

It’s not too late to enrol, drop in to the College’s City of Portsmouth Centre in Winston Churchill Avenue, Monday to Friday 9am–4.30pm or call 02392 383 131.

Highbury’s training restaurant Chimes is open to the public and serves high quality food at very reasonable prices. You can find more details on the website or by calling 02392 728 220.

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  • Date 22/09/2015