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Catering Students take Culinary expertise from Celebrated Chef Mark Hix
Published: April 3, 2017

Celebrated Chef, Mark Hix, left his London-based kitchen to lead South Cheshire College catering students in an evening of fine-dining.

Hospitality and Catering students collaborated with the newly honoured MBE Mark Hix in preparing a five course fine-dining experience, open to the public.

Mark Hix was joined by his Head Chef, Kevin Gratton, who directed the students in their ten-hour preparation for the event.

Smoked salmon three ways, sweet cheeks of Glenarm Estate beef and a dessert of rhubarb triangle were among the delicious courses on the menu priced at just £35 per person.

Rodney Densem Wines Ltd, known locally for its retail store in Nantwich, provided wines to order, with an overview of each presented by Mark Jeffries from the company.

Guests arrived for a reception drink in the beautiful setting of the College’s award-winning Academy Restaurant and Deli, before taking their seats where they were served by hospitality students throughout the night.

Celebrated Chef Mark Hix, said: “The students all did a great job during this day. The Academy Restaurant has fantastic facilities and technology, all of which will help develop the students during their time here.

“I hope that the students gain an insight into what they can achieve by somebody in the industry working alongside them.”

South Cheshire College’s Academy Restaurant and Deli was recently awarded Highly Commended AA College Rosette and named a Centre of Excellence for Service.

Open to the public for lunch (12-1.30pm) Tuesday to Friday during term-time, the Academy Restaurant is based on the ground floor of the College’s Crewe-based campus. It takes a modern twist in décor, on Manchester’s famous Norther Quarter.

Former St Nicholas Catholic High School pupil, Theo Hulbert, was part of the team of students working with Mark Hix during the event.  Theo said: “I learnt so much from the experience with Mark and Kevin. Their attention to detail was immense and it was such a high calibre event.

“I feel as though all of us did an amazing job and that we did the College proud.”

Hospitality and Catering lecturer and organiser of the event, Shane Guildford, said: “Our Evening with Mark Hix was such a successful night for all involved. The students had a full day of learning and working alongside top chefs in the industry. The customers also were able to enjoy quality food at a reasonable price.

“We are very thankful to Mark and Kevin for their time with in the kitchen with the students.”


To find out more about the courses available in Hospitality and Catering at South Cheshire College, click here or call 01270 654654