Eastleigh College takes over the helm of The Chesil Rectory
One of Hampshire’s most historic independent restaurants, The Chesil Rectory, joined forces with Eastleigh College for a unique culinary collaboration. The historic Winchester eatery handed over their entire restaurant for the night to a group of level 2 hospitality students.
The event formed part of a partnership which aims to help mentor and support students into the world of work. The Chesil Rectory now employs no less than five Eastleigh College students past and present - in both front of house and kitchen positions.
The catering students created a delicious four-course menu featuring seasonal produce and local food, it was then served to customers by the college students who are studying for qualifications in professional catering.
Customers indulged in seasonal classics including British asparagus, Romsey Chalk Stream trout, Huntsham Farm spring lamb and Alresford watercress.
“I’m so proud of our talented students, and it’s absolutely incredible to be cooking in such a historic restaurant!“ commented Sue Lyons from Eastleigh College.
The packed restaurant was full of paying customers as well as guests from local secondary schools, local food group Hampshire Fare and Damian Brown, the Chesil Rectory’s Head Chef.
“This has been such an inspiring evening and the students have been given an invaluable insight into the hospitality industry and the world of work”, exclaimed restaurant owner Mark Dodd.
He added “The hospitality industry is booming and there’s a huge shortage of chefs and skilled workers. We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Eastleigh College and long may it continue!”