Catering students from Highbury College were given the opportunity to put their skills to the test when they took control of the kitchen at an Emsworth hotel.
As part of British Food Fortnight, the youngsters were put in charge of the Brookfield Hotel in Havant Road.
They were given the task of producing a three-course lunch made up of citrus cured salmon, salt-baked celeriac and rhubarb and duck egg custard tart for more than 70 guests.
The challenge was organised by the hotel’s former owner and member of the Emsworth Business Association Alistair Gibson.
He said: ‘I used to go to Highbury College myself, I studied catering there for four years.
‘So this event is very close to my heart and it’s just a brilliant opportunity for the students.’
Highbury College offers a range of food production and hospitality management courses, which can lead to students having a successful career in a global sector.
One former student is Clare Smyth, who is the first female British chef to hold and retain three Michelin stars.
One diner, Sheila Lloyd, said she was amazed by the quality of the food and the service.
She said: ’The team has done very well and I was very impressed.
‘We had a very nice waitress and the food has been excellent.’
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