College awards winning restaurant shortlisted for AA Restaurant of the Year
Published: July 18, 2017
South Cheshire College’s AA College Rosette deli and restaurant the Academy has been shortlisted for the prestigious AA College Restaurant of the Year Award following a day of judging held at the Park Plaza Riverbank in London.
The AA College Restaurant of the Year Award has been developed in conjunction with People 1st to recognise accredited colleges within the AA College Rosette Scheme that have shown outstanding achievements in a realistic working environment.
Dan Hunter, Assistant Director of Hair, Beauty and Hospitality at South and West Cheshire College, who went along to the judging day with students Piers Baker, 18, from Nantwich and Matthew Evans, 18, from Crewe, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for all the team and students who work at the Academy.
“We were one of only 16 colleges from the across the country to be shortlisted for the judging day in London. Both Piers and Matthew did a fantastic job representing the College and competed brilliantly in a day-long series of activities which also included a presentation to the judges.”
As part of the day, the students were also treated to an inspirational talk by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the Park Plaza Riverbank.
The Academy will now compete against the Avenue 141 at Fareham College and The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College when the winner of the AA College Restaurant of the Year Award will be announced at the AA Hospitality Awards held on 25 September 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
The AA College Rosette Scheme was designed to recognise the efforts of students, both front and back of house who are the future of the hospitality industry. The college accreditation process, provided by People 1st recognises colleges offering exceptional hospitality training and those that perform above and beyond in a specialist field as centres of excellence.
News of the Academy’s continued success follows the announcement that the restaurant has also been shortlisted for Restaurant of the Year in the Nantwich Food Awards. Voting for the Nantwich Food Awards is now open http://www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk/nantwich-food-awards-voting/ and will close on 9th September 2017.
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