Politicians enjoy second helpings from Hospitality students at Scottish Parliament


MSPs have enjoyed second helpings after Hospitality students from New College Lanarkshire once again took over the Members’ Restaurant of the Scottish Parliament.

A group of 15 students designed, prepared and served a three-course meal to some of the country’s top politicians and their guests.

It was the second time that students from our Cumbernauld Campus have enjoyed a taste of Holyrood hospitality, following on from their first invitation to cook at the Parliament building in January 2015.

The students, who were split into a kitchen team of eight and a service team of seven, were drawn from courses including Professional Cookery Diploma Level 1, HNC Professional Cookery, and Food and Beverage Service with Barista Skills.

The students and their lecturers were praised by Central Scotland MSP Margaret Mitchell.

She said: “It was a superb meal with the food beautifully and artistically presented.

“The staff were very attentive, the scallops cooked to perfection and the Christmas pudding cheesecake was absolutely delicious.

“I can therefore highly recommend the student caterers, who were a credit to the College and to their tutors.”

The opportunity was part of a scheme run by the Scottish Parliament that gives hospitality students experience of working in a prestigious, fine dining environment.

Student Kirsty Izatt, 27, who studies HNC Professional Cookery, said: “Cooking at the Parliament was a fantastic experience – I would love to go back and do it all over again if I had the chance.

“The atmosphere was great and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I came away from the experience with a huge smile on my face.

“It has given me great confidence and I hope this will help me to further my career in a professional kitchen.”

Chef lecturer Paul Clark said: “The experience of returning to the Parliament was just as good as our first visit, albeit with different students and a completely new experience for them.

“It’s great to get out into a professional setting and show what the students are capable of.

“Opportunities like this are really good for helping bridge the transition from education to industry.”

Applications are now being invited for Hospitality courses starting in August, which are offered at our Cumbernauld and Motherwell campuses.

Apply for courses here:

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