Students serve up dishes at Marriott event

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Students serve up dishes at Marriott event

A team of catering students have worked with one of the region’s top chefs to serve up mouth-watering dishes at a special event for guests and VIPs.

Seven students got to work alongside executive head chef, Chris Wells and his team of chefs at Marriott Gateshead Metrocentre to prepare, cook and serve a range of tasting plates.

The special event gave the students the chance to work in the Marriott’s professional kitchen with the executive head chef prepping dishes such as Prime Fillet Steak with Lobster Butter Sauce and Goats Cheese Crotin, Sun Blushed Tomato and Rocket Pesto. They then did some live cooking and service in front of guests in a street-food style pop-up within the hotel.

Those invited to the event included the hotels corporate clients, partners and current guests plus the catering students’ parents.

All of the food was served free of charge with Marriott and Gateshead College asking only for donations which will be given to Newburn Foodbank to help those in need.

Kevin Marston, Assistant Principal at Gateshead College said: “We’ve worked with our partner at Marriott and Chris Wells for a number of years now. The partnership provides amazing opportunities like this one where our students get to experience something completely new and out of their comfort zone which really helps their skills and learning.

“We really appreciate the time that Chris spends with our team – our catering staff and students- to ensure the training and skills we’re providing in our kitchens at college match perfectly with what the industry needs.”

Before the event, Chris Wells, visited the students in college to talk to them about his career journey, the industry in general and to brief them on what they’d be doing at the special street-food charity event.

Chris said: “We’ve got a fantastic relationship with the college which has evolved over the last eight years. My team love working with the students who are really keen to build on the classroom and practical skills they learn in college by working on these real live industry projects. I’m always very impressed by them.”

Wed Oct 20 2021