1st November 2023
Our Academy Restaurant played host to a wonderful celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth this month that also helped to mark the launch of its new tasting menu.
Level 3 cookery students, guided by the expertise of the brilliant chef Ian Jaundoo, embarked on a culinary journey that was as inspiring as it was delicious. In honour of Black History Month, they curated a 6-course tasting menu inspired by the vibrant flavours of African and Caribbean cuisine. This menu was the star of an invite-only private dining event, featuring guests from local media, influential figures, and foodie enthusiasts.
The evening ended with powerful words from change-maker Afiya Amesu, whose mission is to drive equality and diversity in the workplace. Her emphasis on the importance of allyship set a poignant tone for the night.
Our Principal, Elaine Bowker, highlighted the significance of the event, saying, “The City of Liverpool College remains committed to fostering a spirit of togetherness and celebrating the rich cultural tapestry that Black History Month represents. This gathering is a testament to our dedication to culinary excellence and our commitment to celebrating and championing diversity and inclusivity.”
The event drew not only media and local diversity leaders but also local foodie content creators, including @tamtalizatv, who is a former COLC student with over 1 million fans across socials, and the talented duo, Bish and Liv from @craveandcapturee.
Black History Month, established in 1987 on the 150th anniversary of Caribbean emancipation, raises awareness of significant names and events in the history of people of African and Caribbean descent. The celebration was marked by a specially crafted African and Caribbean inspired menu, expertly prepared by our student chefs under the guidance of Executive Chef Ian Jaundoo.
Our Academy Restaurant’s new tasting menu offers a wide array of options, inspired by cuisines from around the world. We’ve carefully selected a panel of well-established and experienced chefs from the region to collaborate with our students, providing them with access to leading industry talent to develop their cookery and dining skills to an industry-standard level.
Every Thursday evening, our student chefs expertly prepare dishes using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients, guided by one of the selected professional chefs. These tasting menus are available starting from £35 per person.
Our Academy Restaurant is nestled on Tradewind Square off Duke Street, providing a unique backdrop in the heart of Liverpool’s historic Ropewalks.