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News: Hos­pi­tal­i­ty stu­dents impressed the pro­fes­sion­als dur­ing restau­rant takeover

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Not­ting­ham Col­lege degree-lev­el Hos­pi­tal­i­ty Man­age­ment stu­dents rose to the chal­lenge on 25 April when they took charge at the renowned Mar­co Pierre White’s (MPW) restau­rant for a spe­cial, one night only takeover, Noche Lati­na, as part of their Foun­da­tion Degree course.

Stu­dents were tasked with plan­ning, organ­is­ing and run­ning their own themed evening from scratch. They have been work­ing hard for the past six months on their busi­ness idea, being men­tored by the MPW team on every­thing from adver­tis­ing and brand­ing to oper­a­tions and costings.

Inspired by Span­ish and Latin-Amer­i­can flavours, Not­ting­ham din­ers were treat­ed to a three-course menu devised by the stu­dents and cooked by MPW’s Head Chef, Mark Ast­bury and his team. On the menu were: a shar­ing plat­ter includ­ing gar­lic and chilli prawns and squid plus oth­er tapas; sir­loin steak with chimichur­ri sauce and chunky chips; and Span­ish-style dough­nuts with choco­late and tof­fee sauce, plus lots more choices. 

Hos­pi­tal­i­ty Man­age­ment Foun­da­tion Degree stu­dent, Kris­tine Kelle, 20, lives in Sta­ple­ford but is orig­i­nal­ly from Latvia.

Kris­tine said:

It’s been a won­der­ful expe­ri­ence. Mar­co Pierre White is actu­al­ly one of my favourite chefs, so when I found out we were tak­ing over one of his restau­rants I was so excit­ed. It’s been so good to step out of my com­fort zone and I’ve gained so much from speak­ing and inter­act­ing with customers. 

Kris­tine Kelle — Hos­pi­tal­i­ty Man­age­ment Foun­da­tion Degree student

Kris­tine has been study­ing at the Col­lege since she stud­ied a Lev­el 1 course, then mov­ing up through the var­i­ous lev­els. She is now set to progress to the BA (Hons) Ser­vice Sec­tor Man­age­ment top-up degree in September. 

Kris­tine said:

I was so shy when I first start­ed at the Col­lege, but expe­ri­ences like this have real­ly helped with my con­fi­dence. I’ve gained lots of great skills that I can use in the future. One day I’d love to run my own B&B.

Kris­tine Kelle — Hos­pi­tal­i­ty Man­age­ment Foun­da­tion Degree student
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Restau­rant Man­ag­er and for­mer Hos­pi­tal­i­ty stu­dent at the Col­lege, Evans Uzezi, commented: 

I was very impressed with the stu­dents’ pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Their atten­tion to detail dur­ing the plan­ning stages real­ly paid off on the evening and they did a fan­tas­tic job. I hope the expe­ri­ence and skills they have learnt dur­ing this process will help them through­out their careers. 

Evans Uzezi — ​Restau­rant Man­ag­er and for­mer Not­ting­ham Col­lege Hospitality

This is the fifth con­sec­u­tive year that the Col­lege has col­lab­o­rat­ed with the restau­rant, which is based with­in Alea Not­ting­ham. As a result of anoth­er suc­cess­ful event, the Col­lege is look­ing for­ward to work­ing togeth­er again in the future.

You can view our range of Hos­pi­tal­i­ty and Cater­ing cours­es here:

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  • 26th April 2019 (4:00 PM)
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