Published on December 10, 2021

Our Hospitality and Catering students recently took part in an exclusive upskilling day at the Michelin star Restaurant Coworth Park, part of the Dorchester Collective. Four lucky North Hertfordshire College students were chosen to take part in the experience day, which involved learning about the various elements involved in providing a high-quality hospitality and catering service.

The day included skills sessions which took our students from produce through to food preparation, with the opportunity to put their learning to the test by using the Restaurant Coworth Park kitchens. Further skills sessions also included tips on service and wine pairing for dishes, with the chance for our students to learn the skills of Gueridon Service (where food is prepared, cooked, or served from a trolley beside a guest’s table).

Experiences like these, where our students get a taste of what it’s like to train and work in highly respected establishments, not only improve our students’ skills but also help to inspire them and raise their aspirations.

This is certainly true for Ethan McKenna, one of our Level 3 Professional Cookery students, who said: “Today was pure inspiration for me and I’ve never been more excited to be part of such an exclusive event. I am so privileged to experience such high-quality food and hospitality, and I hope to be visiting again soon on work experience!”

Anthony Gascoigne, Hospitality and Catering tutor, described the experience as “incredible.” He said: “what a great showcase of opportunities for our students at such a beautiful property. Many thanks to everyone involved for investing in the next generation of young hospitality workers. We left with four highly motivated and inspired students and staff. All four of our NHC students have expressed a desire to follow this up with work placements.”