Students cooking up a treat at food fortnight

Emsworth Food Festival
Emsworth Food Festival
  • Emsworth British Food Fortnight won major award last year
  • Focused on best of local produce
  • Major emphasis on education and helping Havant food bank
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IN JUST over a month, after a year of planning, all eyes will be turned towards Emsworth as its British Food Fortnight begins.

From September 19 until October 4 the town will showcase the best in local food and drink plus run linked community and educational events.

The event gives them a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate both their culinary and customer service skills to discerning customers at the Brookfield Hotel

Jacqui Smith

One of the most successful events last year was the Great British Menu College Lunches. Catering students from Chichester, Highbury and South Downs colleges were given the opportunity of working in the busy kitchen of the Brookfield Hotel, creating and cooking three-course meals for discerning food lovers.

They were so successful that every lunch was sold out.

Now the dates have been set for this year’s lunch with Highbury on September 21, Chichester on September 24 and South Downs on September 29. It is an experience the catering stars of the future will never forget – a chance to hone their skills and indulge their passion for the food industry they are joining.

Jacqui Smith, head of catering, hospitality and tourism at South Downs College, said: ‘I am delighted that our catering and hospitality students will be participating in the Great British Menu College Lunch again this year.

‘The event gives them a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate both their culinary and customer service skills to discerning customers at the Brookfield Hotel.

‘Last year’s students really enjoyed the experience and I know that this year’s students are already looking forward to the challenge.’

Luke Radice, 20, was a Highbury College student when he took part last year.

He is now head waiter at Brookfield Hotel. He said: ‘College takeover was great fun and I enjoyed the challenge.

‘Then I was over the moon when the restaurant manager offered me an opportunity to be part of the restaurant team and contribute to its success.’

Last year, Emsworth volunteers were announced winners of the national bring Home the Harvest award.
And organisers have ensured that the community benefits even more than the inaugural event with many educational initiatives, and donations for the Beacon Food Bank, in Havant.
For more information go to emsworth.org.uk