Famous chefs help students prepare for restaurant openings

Staff and students are excitedly re-opening the College’s fine dining restaurants this week, in line with the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions.

The restaurants, which are based at the College’s campuses in Truro and Penzance, will be reopening to the public for the first time since Christmas and with some exciting new menus containing dishes that are inspired by some of the nation’s top chefs and restaurateurs.

The new menu inspiration is all thanks to the College’s delivery of outstanding remote learning throughout lockdown, which for hospitality students included virtual masterclasses with some of the country’s top chefs, such as Paul Ainsworth, Michael Caines and Rick Stein, along with many other hospitality industry experts.

The virtual talks provided students with an insight into the top chefs’ career journeys in the industry, as well as their career highlights and workplace experience. The chefs also shared with the students their top advice.

Inspired by the virtual sessions, students have been working hard this term to create a series of new dishes using locally sourced ingredients to welcome customers back into the College’s restaurants, which are open to the public for indoor dining from May 17.  

The College’s restaurants provide students with an opportunity to grow their skills and receive valuable workplace experience in a real working kitchen environment, while also gaining day-to-day knowledge from lecturers who are experts in their field.

Student Joe was buzzing to help re-open the College’s fine dining restaurants

Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery student Joe, who is from Truro, is excited to be serving the local community once again. He said: “It’s really great to be back in the kitchen at the College and serving our loyal customers.

“Everyone’s been so supportive. We’ve bounced back from the last lockdown and got things back up and running and done it all pretty quickly, which is great.”

The student-led Spires restaurant based in Truro will be open for lunch service, with restaurant bookings available throughout the week. Senara, located in Penzance, will be open every Thursday and Friday for both lunch and dinner reservations.

Hospitality and Catering Lecturer David Izzard, who trains cookery students at the College’s campus in Penzance, was incredibly excited ahead of the reopening of the College’s fine dining restaurants.

He said: “I am delighted for the students to be back working in the restaurant and serving our local customers again”.

“While we’ve made the most of online learning, particularly providing students with the opportunity to hear from the country’s top chefs, nothing beats serving customers face to face and experiencing the appreciation of a satisfied customer.”