Students takeover Basingstoke Holiday Inn

24 January 2017

Catering and Hospitality students from Basingstoke College were under the spotlight on Friday when they created and served a banqueting buffet at the Basingstoke Holiday Inn for more than 50 hotel staff.

The 17 Level 3 students took over the Basingstoke hotel’s kitchen for the day, to prep' and make the buffet that was a belated Christmas party for the staff. The students chose dishes that reflected the traditions of the international guests, with British foods alongside specialities from countries like Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Nepal and Slovenia.

Student Benjamin Chandler, who was Head Chef for the night, feels the event pushed him and helped prepare him for progression into the industry. “During the day, I got to experience all the pressures, challenges and rewards of working in the hospitality sector. The opportunity has given me has a real taster for what life could be like – and I can’t wait!”

The College has been working with the hotel for the last year to help give students industry experience and understanding of what local employers need. It was a chance for the students to show how they perform under pressure. Lis Holmes, General Manager of the hotel said. “From an employer’s point of view, it’s great to see what the future industry professionals look like.” 

Vicki Quilter, Course Director, said “It was a great experience for the students to show what they are capable of in front of an employer in their premises. I was very pleased with the maturity of the learners and their enthusiasm to impress. Everyone worked so hard and I couldn’t be more proud.”

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