Master chef opens new college restaurants
Chichester College has officially unveiled its new restaurant and kitchens, with the help of one of the country’s best chefs.
Steven Edwards, 2013 champion of Masterchef: The Professionals, joined students to host the grand opening on Thursday (24 November).
The chef, who is the creative consultant for the Brighton i360 and owns his own catering company – etch food, spent the day at the college working in the kitchens with students to prepare some of the canapés ahead of the event.
Steven said: “The students have been really good and very inquisitive. I’ve seen some natural, raw talent among some of them and they have worked hard.
“I was only working with them for a short time, so it is hard to see what their true potential is but they all did really well, questioned what we were doing and they seemed interested to learn.”
The college has invested nearly £3million in the project, which is partly funded by a significant grant made by the Coast to Capital LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership).
As part of the refurbishment – which took place over eight months from February 2016 to October 2016 – new state-of-the-art kitchens for student training have been installed, along with a new student-run restaurant and bistro which are both open to the public.
Café 19 and 64 Restaurant & Bar, named for the year the college was founded, give diners a stylish environment to savour culinary delights, cooked and served by the college’s talented hospitality and catering students.
The kitchens are fully kitted out with the latest technology, including 11 touchscreen oven systems with USB technology which allows them to be programmed away from the kitchen.
Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chichester College Principal, said: “We are extremely proud of our new kitchens and restaurants, which will give our students the opportunity to develop and hone their skills in a fantastic environment.
“This is now a sophisticated training facility housing some of the latest industry equipment, putting the college and our students at the cutting edge of the culinary sector.
“The work we have undertaken is vital to ensuring we continue to produce students who can meet the highest catering industry requirements.”
Steven added: “The new kitchens are amazing – it’s really up to scratch and on trend with what’s happening in the industry.
“The whole food and drinks industry is going though such a transition at the moment and it’s updating constantly, so it’s hard for colleges to keep up and to get the funding they need to do that.
“But seeing what’s happening at Chichester College is really exciting, and I was honoured to be asked to be a part of it.”