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Our hosts...

Kendal College is once again proud to be the associate sponsor and host of the third annual Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards.

The Lakes Hotel School at Kendal College continues to go from strength to strength. We are delighted to be regularly awarded Outstanding grades by Ofsted. We take pride in building and launching the careers of many talented hospitality and catering students, as they move on into their first professional roles. The Lakes Hotel School’s award-winning restaurant, which will be home to the Awards on 3rd April, is consistently praised for the quality of its food and the excellence of its service, by diners and trade alike, and so will be the perfect venue.

Our dedication to Cumbria’s hospitality and tourism industry, and our support for food and drink businesses, makes our involvement with the 2014 Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards a very simple decision. Together we will raise the industry’s profile across the county and beyond, celebrate and spotlight quality and innovation, and grow the industry’s contribution to the county’s economy.

In 2012 35 of Kendal College's Hospitality Diploma students became the young stars of the Awards night. Between them, they prepared canapés, cooked a three-course dinner, waited on tables, served at the bar, for 180 guests. This meant that the 2011/12 Food & Drink Awards were the biggest banqueting event hosted by the college. No mean feat considering that the hospitality team included first, second and third year students, aged between 16 and 21, with some only 10 weeks into their training. Last year’s delicious menu included ham hock and foie gras terrine with celeriac remoulade, Ampleforth apples and parsnips; roast rack and shoulder of fellside lamb, with heritage potatoes and tarragon sauce; and chocolate delice, orange sorbet and mandarin sauce.

Robert Marshall Salter, Head of the Lakes Hotel School said the event was an opportunity for the students to impress the cream of Cumbria’s food industry. “I got all the students together before we started and said basically tonight you can write your own CV because there’s every single mover and shaker in Cumbria going to be eating dinner and that is your opportunity to stamp your training on their psyche.” With the bar raised high, the College looks forward to seeing and tasting what the students can deliver for this year.

For more information about The Restaurant at Kendal College, including the year’s events and sample menus see www.kendal.ac.uk/restaurant or telephone 01539 814700.

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