Academy Restaurant wins AA College Restaurant of the Year… Again!

AA College Rosette deli and restaurant, the Academy, has won the prestigious AA College Restaurant of the Year Award 2018-19.

The training restaurant within Cheshire College – South & West received the accolade during the AA Hospitality Awards at the JW Marriott Hotel in London last month (Monday 23 September 2019).

This is the second time that the Academy have received this prestigious award, the team also won in 2017-18.

The award, developed in conjunction with sponsor People 1st, recognises accredited colleges within the AA College Rosette Scheme that have shown outstanding achievements in a realistic working environment.

The Academy Restaurant of the Year following a day of judging held at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, in London earlier in the summer.

Mark Parsons, Assistant Principal Curriculum – Faculty of Services, Engineering and Construction, commented: “This is an absolutely fantastic achievement for all of the team and learners who work at the Academy.

“To have won AA College Restaurant of the Year for the second time is a privilege, which is both humbling and inspiring.

“I hope that our reputation within the Cheshire community continues to grow and attract talented chefs who can train at the best College restaurant in the country.”

The AA College Rosette Scheme was designed to recognise the efforts of learners, both front and back of house, who are the future of the hospitality industry. The College accreditation process, provided by Peoples 1st recognises colleges offering exceptional hospitality training and those that perform above and beyond in a specialist field as centres of excellence.

Andy Doyle, Membership Operations Manager at Peoples 1st International, said: “Holding the ‘Highly Commended’ AA College Rosette, Academy Restaurant is recognised as a quality training restaurant in the North-West of England offering service and dishes which comfortably stand alongside other establishments in the area.

“Throughout the competition the team from Academy impressed with their passion, confidence and forward-thinking approach. This was exemplified by the presentation from their learners to the panel of judges where they highlighted the commercial attitude of the College with outside events, connections with Nantwich Town and other local businesses. These ensure they are experiencing the diversity that the hospitality sector has to offer, enabling them to decide on their chosen career path and gain the experience and knowledge to make themselves appealing future employees.

“Congratulations to all involved.”

As well as its award-winning restaurant, the Academy works with a growing number of successful industry partners including Brunning and Price, Luke Thomas and The Little Food Company. The links to industry provides excellent training opportunities for learners and supports the commercial elements of the Academy’s business, which plays an important part in the teams’ overall success.

Gordon Gillespie, Vice Principal – Curriculum and Quality, commented: “Everyone here at the College is so proud of the hard work and dedication put into achieving this outstanding Award for the second time.

“Opportunities like this are invaluable for our learners and they help raise awareness of the vital role College restaurants play in the local communities.

“Congratulations team CCSW! Your passion and commitment is exceptional.”

Not only are our fantastic facilities, real-life environments for our learners to gain work ready experience but they are also open to the public. Find out more about the Academy Restaurant or to book a table call 01270 654678 or email

If you are interested in studying at Cheshire College – South & West, or for more information, call 01270 654654 (Crewe Campus) 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port and Chester Campuses) or visit