The city’s highly acclaimed Parcs Restaurant, based at the Peterborough Regional College campus, has just missed out on a major national award.
Parcs, and 15 other college restaurants from up and down the country, had put themselves forward for the College Restaurant of the Year awards.
College learners and staff attended a judging day in London, where entries were judged on how the award would benefit the community, students and the uniqueness of Parcs to other college’s restaurants.
And last week the top three - Parcs and two other college restaurants - learned their fate at a glamorous AA Hospitality Awards ceremony at Grosvenor House attended by Claudia Winkleman.
At the big reveal, Parcs missed out on top spot, being named the College Restaurant of the Year runner-up.
Cheryl Hopkins, the college’s Faculty Manager, Service Industries, said: “The students and staff in Parcs take such pride in how they run the restaurant, which is true inspiration to the college”.
The 90-seater training restaurant, which is open to the public during the academic term for lunch from Tuesday to Thursday and fine dining on Thursday evenings, equips catering and hospitality students with the industry knowledge and skills required for a successful career, under supervision from experienced staff.
Parcs has Gold accreditation from the Hospitality Guild and the prestigious AA College Rosette (upgraded to Highly Commended in 2017). Both awards have been given for quality and consistent standards of hospitality, service and cuisine. In March 2017, Parcs Restaurant maintained the Gold award and also gained the Centre of Excellence status for Food & Beverage Service.
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Pictured: Francesca DeFalco (restaurant supervisor), Claudia Winkleman, Cheryl Hopkins (faculty manager - service industries, PRC), Andy Doyle (People 1st) Simon Numphud AA Hotel Services).