Elite Hotels and Northbrook MET collaborate for a fine-dining experience

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College’s West Durrington campus (Northbrook MET) will invite the public in on Tuesday 11 June to experience fine-dining cuisine prepared by the college’s catering and hospitality students, with expert guidance from Elite Hotels, one of the UK’s leading independent hotel groups.

A fantastic opportunity for trainee chefs to gain first-hand experience of working with four professional chefs from Elite Hotels’ Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, around 20 catering students currently enrolled on Northbrook MET’s Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery course will be involved in the dining event. Ashdown Park’s chefs will arrive at The Arundel Restaurant from early afternoon to help with preparation and will assist the trainee chefs throughout the evening’s service, across the restaurant’s two kitchens. In the run up to the event, the Elite Hotel chefs have visited Northbrook MET to consult with course leaders on this unique collaboration.

As well as providing industry knowledge and expert guidance in the kitchen, banqueting staff from Elite Hotels will be assisting the front of house team. Familiar with serving large groups of diners, delegates and event attendees, the Elite staff will help with the operational aspects of the service, including timings for plating up and ensuring a smooth experience for diners.

The special dinner will be a chance to taste food made by the chefs of the future, supported by chefs from the luxury hotel. A six-course tasting menu has been designed by executive head chef Andrew Wilson with a host of techniques to challenge the trainee chefs, including a celeriac velouté, black treacle seatrout and caramel bar. Each student will be assigned to a specific course and prior to the event, lessons will be spent practising the cooking techniques involved.

The Elite Hotel Group operates four luxury four-star and five-star hotels: Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club in East Sussex, Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa in Bedfordshire, Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens in Hampshire and The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne.

Paul Coley, group personnel and development manager at Elite Hotels, said: “We are so pleased to have confirmed this collaboration with Northbrook MET’s fantastic catering and hospitality department. We are truly committed to supporting the growth of our nation’s young chefs, helping them to find their way in this industry. At Elite Hotels we work with the education and charity sector to assist students in gaining the necessary skills required, through apprenticeship programmes and educational schemes.

“Our chefs are delighted to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of chefs and cannot wait to work with the students at Northbrook MET. This is just the beginning of a great partnership with the Greater Brighton Metropolitan College and hopefully one day we’ll be welcoming the budding chefs into the kitchens at our hotels!”

The dining event begins at 6.30pm, with dinner served from 7pm. Tickets to the event are available through the college and are priced at £40 per person for the six-course tasting menu, excluding drinks.

To book a ticket to the dining experience, contact The Arundel Restaurant at Northbrook MET on, arundel.restaurant@gbmc.ac.uk or 01903 273160.

For more information about Elite Hotels visit, www.careersatelitehotels.co.uk/

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