Food and Drink: The stars of the future at Parcs Restaurant

Parcs restaurant at Peterborough Regional College.
Parcs restaurant at Peterborough Regional College.
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The next time you compliment a waitress on her service or a chef on the food you have just eaten, there is a fair chance those skills will have been honed here in the city at the regional college.

It has a fine record of “feeding” the hospitality industry in the city and beyond - you’ll find ex-PRC students anywhere from The Beehive off Bourges Boulevard, and The George at Stamford, to the Dorchester in London.

And there are plenty who over their three-years of studies will find work placements at Orton Hall, the Holiday Inn and The Marriott in the city - not to mention others who have been lucky enough to get into Michelin starred restaurants further afield.

All though will at some point get to work in the Parcs restaurant at the college campus, either front of house or in the kitchen.

It is open to the public and serves weekday lunchtimes, a carvery on Wednesday evenings and on Thursdays offers fine dining, with three courses from £15.

The menus are more imaginative and inventive than you might imagine, with students preparing, cooking and serving dishes they need to create to pass their VRQ and NVQ courses. And to help, the kitchens are equipped with foam guns and water baths as used by the professionals.

Terry Windsor, sector manager for hospitality at the college, said: “ We have a very good employment record, which is important for students, but says a lot about the skills learned and put to use in the Parcs restaurant.

“We have gold accreditation from the Hospitality Guild and the restaurant has a College AA Rosette, achieved after a visit from an AA inspector in the same way as any restaurant.”

For more on the Parcs, including an evening with a mystery chef on March 5, working alongside the students, contact 01733 762189 or visit www.peterborough.ac.uk/parcs-restaurant