Students got a taste for life as chefs and served up a treat for customers

Culinary students put their skills to the test as they took over the restaurant at a Hampshire hotel.

The team of 12 aspiring chefs who are all studying catering at Highbury College served more than 80 tasty three-course meals as they experienced life in the busy Hermitage Restaurant at The Brookfield Hotel in Emsworth.

The students can normally be found at the College’s professional training facilities at the Highbury City of Portsmouth Centre which include a pastry kitchen, an international kitchen, a larder kitchen and three specialist training kitchens.

Catering students also help run two commercial restaurants including its popular Chimes Restaurant in Winston Churchill Avenue.

Edward Searles was among those serving up a treat at the event which was held as part of the Emsworth British Food Fortnight’s The Great British Menu College Lunches from 12-2pm on Monday 21st September.

The second year catering student said: “It was a good experience and a real team effort. It was a bit quicker and busier than we’re used to. It started off slow then the more we got into it the more we kept up."

The team was led by chef lecturers Matt Sussex who oversaw students as they prepared the starters and main courses and Chris Cook who oversaw those preparing the pastries served for dessert.

Chris Cook added: “It’s the fourth year we have been doing this. It’s a good experience for the students as they can be in a busy kitchen. One student told me they had never worked so hard in their life.

“We spoke to a few customers afterwards and they said how much they enjoyed their meal – particularly my chocolate pistachio mousse.”

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  • Date 09/10/2017