Renowned chef/restaurateur Ben McKellar scooped the Best Food Pub award for his Hove pub The Ginger Pig for the third year running while rising young Head Chefs Ben Hutton and Madelynne Crombie won accolades for the quality of their food in The Basketmakers and The Earth & Stars.
Nick Mosley, festival director, said "City College is a critical part of the Brighton food economy, providing essential skills and training for young people eager to enter our industry. To see former students win awards is very pleasing to all the team at the awards and wider Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival."
Ben Hutton, talking of the contribution the College made to his progress, said “City College has a great Catering & Hospitality department with excellent staff and resources. As a student, you get a really broad knowledge from staff who have worked in different parts of the industry and have the experience to continually teach you something new. While I was at the College, I learnt the fundamentals of cooking which I still use day in day out as well as important life skills. Understanding what it’s like working full-time in a busy working kitchen is really something you have to experience first-hand but the College’s training restaurant, The Gallery, gives you an ideal preparation for running a restaurant, working as a team and being responsible for cooking everything and serving everything.”
Madelynne Crombiesaid, “When I came to City College, I’d been working in kitchens for a few years and it gave me an opportunity to really focus on individual parts of cooking and hone my skills. It also gave me a great opportunity to ask questions and learn from tutors with in-depth industry experience.”
For more information on catering courses at City College, call 01273 667759, email CourseAdvice@ccb.ac.uk or seewww.ccb.ac.uk
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