Hospitality students impressed the professionals during restaurant takeover
Nottingham College degree-level Hospitality Management students rose to the challenge on 25 April when they took charge at the renowned Marco Pierre White’s (MPW) restaurant for a special, one night only takeover, Noche Latina.
Students were tasked with planning, organising and running their own themed evening from scratch. They have been working hard for the past six months on their business idea, being mentored by the MPW team on everything from advertising and branding to operations and costings.
Inspired by Spanish and Latin-American flavours, Nottingham diners were treated to a three-course menu devised by the students and cooked by MPW’s Head Chef, Mark Astbury and his team. On the menu were: a sharing platter including garlic and chilli prawns and squid plus other tapas; sirloin steak with chimichurri sauce and chunky chips; and Spanish-style doughnuts with chocolate and toffee sauce, plus lots more choices.
Hospitality Management Foundation Degree student, Kristine Kelle, 20, lives in Stapleford but is originally from Latvia.
Kristine said: “It’s been a wonderful experience. Marco Pierre White is actually one of my favourite chefs, so when I found out we were taking over one of his restaurants I was so excited.
“It’s been so good to step out of my comfort zone and I’ve gained so much from speaking and interacting with customers.”
Kristine has been studying at the College since she studied a Level 1 course, then moving up through the various levels. She is now set to progress to the BA (Hons) Service Sector Management top-up degree in September.
Kristine said: “I was so shy when I first started at the College, but experiences like this have really helped with my confidence. I’ve gained lots of great skills that I can use in the future. One day I’d love to run my own B&B.”
Restaurant Manager and former Hospitality student at the College, Evans Uzezi, commented: “I was very impressed with the students’ professionalism. Their attention to detail during the planning stages really paid off on the evening and they did a fantastic job. I hope the experience and skills they have learnt during this process will help them throughout their careers.”
This is the fifth consecutive year that Nottingham College has collaborated with the restaurant, which is based within Alea Nottingham. As a result of another successful event, the College is looking forward to working together again in the future.