Two of our Level 2 Professional Cookery
students, Jordan and Orlagh-May, had their 15 minutes of fame when ITV Meridian visited the College on 10th April to film them preparing a 1970s-style menu.
The piece was part of a ‘The Way We Were’ strand for Meridian’s evening news slot, looking at aspects of culture around the time the UK joined the European Economic Community.
The 1970s recipes were pretty unappealing: chicken in aspic, bananas wrapped in ham and prune whip – but the students got stuck in, preparing the bizarre dishes to the best of their abilities and even braving a tasting with the reporter. They concluded that The Artisan Restaurant
was perhaps not ready for a 70s throwback menu just yet!
About The Artisan Restaurant
Situated on the third floor of the Brook Street campus, with a panoramic view of the Weald, the Artisan Restaurant
is run by students, with excellent supervision from industry professionals.
The contemporary styling and layout incorporates a 50-cover fine dining restaurant and a more relaxed separate lounge area, offering freshly cooked food and a wide range of drinks. The Artisan is a busy and innovative hub of College life.
In the kitchen, on a daily basis, student chefs arrive to prepare food for service: two menus are offered, a daily fine dining à la carte menu which includes innovative and seasonal dishes, incorporating the skills that the students have learnt; and a lighter express lunch menu for the lounge area, targeted at those time-poor customers who want a quick, nutritious lunch.
The students are treated as young professionals: the ethos of the restaurant is to provide a real working environment for them to gain vital experience and confidence in preparing, cooking and serving food to paying customers, developing their individual skills as well as learning to work as a team.