Award-winning Academy restaurant celebrates success at Pennyhill Park

The Academy restaurant at Cheshire College – South & West’s Crewe Campus was invited to cook a celebratory lunch at luxury 5-star Pennyhill Park Hotel, Surrey.

As winners of the 2017 AA College Restaurant of the Year, the Academy was invited to support the preparation and service of the lunch to 50 specially invited guests from both industry and colleges.

Mark Parsons, Director of Faculty – REB at Cheshire College – South & West, said: “It’s phenomenal to be recognised to this extent, with all credit due to the students and staff involved. They have put in a tremendous amount of hard work to achieve the exceptional standards The Academy is known for today. To be involved in this high profile event has just been the icing on the cake to the benefits we’ve enjoyed by being an AA accredited college. It’s given us great exposure within the industry and significantly raised our profile.”

Professional Cookery students Richard Postles, 18, from Winsford and Matt Evans, 18, from Crewe, accompanied Chef and Lecturer Shane Guildford, along with the two other 2017 college finalists to cook up a show-stopping lunch.

Richard commented: “Pennyhill Park is known for its exquisite food so it was a privilege to get the opportunity to help with the preparations and utilise the facilities. I think everyone enjoyed the meal – we certainly received some really good feedback. It’s been a fantastic experience and was great to have some time to enjoy the venue too.”

Launched in 2016 in partnership between People 1st, the leading skills and workforce development charity for employers, and AA Hotel Services, the AA College Restaurant of the Year award recognises the hard work of chef lecturers and students that run college restaurants.

The winners and finalists of the award are then given an unprecedented opportunity to be part of this esteemed event and showcase what their restaurant can really do.

Shane Guildford, Chef and Lecturer at Cheshire College – South & West’s Academy restaurant added: “Winning the AA College Restaurant of the Year award was an immensely exciting time for us and there’s plenty more to come from the restaurant this year with new initiatives and partnerships underway. We’re continually growing and attracting more talented chefs due to our winning status as the best college restaurant in the country.

“It’s already been an exciting start to the year and we’re looking forward to what can further be achieved throughout 2018.”

The Academy restaurant is a training restaurant based on the ground floor of the College’s Crewe campus, featuring a modern and innovative twist on Manchester’s famous Northern Quarter in its facilities and décor.