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Students serve up top class meal in VEW skills showcase

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7th February 2019

Students from The City of Liverpool College treated guests from across the region to a top class dining experience on Tuesday (5 Feb), courtesy of a Michelin-starred chef , in a series of showcase college events taking place during Visitor Economy Week (4-8 Feb.) to highlight the opportunities and diverse skills associated with the region’s growing visitor economy

Under Hrishikesh Desai’s supervision, students were hands-on every step of the way throughout the seven-course meal, including preparation, plating up to a precise specification and providing vital front-of-house customer service to the thirty-strong guests.

Speaking after the dinner, Hrishikesh said: “I’ve worked in the catering and hospitality industry for many years, and can see right now that we are facing a crisis, as fewer young people wish to take up a career in this industry. It is incredibly important for me to work with institutions such as the college to support their students, as we need talented young people to step into my shoes when it’s their turn to achieve their very own Michelin star. This is an invaluable learning opportunity for these students, as not every chef is lucky enough to work a 30-person service to Michelin star standards at such a young age.”

Elaine Bowker, principal of The City of Liverpool College, said: “On behalf of the staff and students, I’d like to thank Hrishikesh for devoting his time and energy to supporting our students. To be able to provide a learning opportunity like this is something we pride ourselves on, and we hope our students have gained a wealth of skills, as well as an appreciation of the array of opportunities available to them in the visitor economy.

“The City Region’s visitor economy generates £4.1 billion and plays a vital role in its economy, with massive potential and opportunity for the next generation. It is one of this country’s strongest performing sectors, but despite this, we know that careers in hospitality and tourism are traditionally not seen as desirable. At The City of Liverpool College, we understand first hand that there is a huge amount of talent in this city which, with the right support, has the potential to thrive in this sector. This is incredibly important for our economy, not just locally, but nationally. By working with the Liverpool LEP to host these inspiring events during Visitor Economy Week, we hope to raise the profile of the sector and, using our expertise, business connections and varied qualification offerings, enhance its perception as a progressive career choice.”

For more information and a full schedule of events taking place throughout the week, visit: https://www.liverpoollep.org/visitor-economy-week/visitor-economy-week-events/

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