15 March 2016

ABC Awards Chief Executive Paul Eeles was delighted to personally award the team at Bedford College with their Showcase Centre plaque last week as they became the second ABC Awards Centre to represent the hospitality and catering industry.

The presentation took place at 25 Restaurant, part of Bedford College's Cauldwell Street campus, which is a prestigious training centre for the college's award-winning hospitality and catering students.

Paul Eeles was joined by Assistant Director for Hospitality at the college, Mark Lewis, and a group of learners who are studying for ABC Awards hospitality and catering qualifications. Paul congratulated the department on it's great success, saying:

"We give these awards only to the very best and we wanted to recognise the excellent work done within the catering department at Bedford College. Congratulations to all of you for working so hard and for setting such high standards for yourselves and for the wider sector."

Showcase Centre status is awarded to colleges who have shown excellence in a particular industry, either through the quality of their teaching, connections with industry or state-of-the-art facilities.

Bedford College boasts excellence across the board, with the well-equipped 25 Restaurant training centre as well as exceptional tutors who have all had successful careers and are members of the Craft Guild of Chefs, the Hotel, Catering and International Management Association (HCIMA), and the Master Chefs of Great Britain.

The Showcase Centre plaque from ABC Awards adds to the kitchen shelf-full of awards the college's hospitality and catering department has recently received, following success at the International Salon Culinaire at Hotelympia which saw learners come away with three Merits and four Bronze awards at the event at Excel London.

On receiving their Showcase Centre plaque, Mark said:

"We are continuing to set the regional standards here for training across the table in hospitality, and, on top of collecting so many commendations at Hotelympia, the ABC Awards Showcase Centre award is the icing on the cake.

"We have seen continuing growth over the years in this sector of qualifications, particularly in cake decoration and the successful reintroduction of the wired sugar flowers qualification.

"We are really proud to work with and represent ABC Awards in this sector."

To find out more about Bedford College and ABC Awards Showcase Centres, please click here.