Students take over Scottish Parliament Restaurant

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Hospitality and Professional Cookery students from New College Lanarkshire were recently given a unique opportunity to showcase their skills to some very important guests after taking over the Members’ Restaurant of the Scottish Parliament.

A group of 11 students designed, prepared and served a three-course meal to a packed restaurant of MPs, MSPs and their guests – including Clare Adamson MSP and Marion Fellows MP. 

It was the third time that students from the College’s Cumbernauld Campus have showcased their skills in the parliament restaurant, previously taking over the restaurant in January 2015 and January 2017.

Six students were behind the scenes in the kitchen, putting their skills from their Professional Cookery course into action, while five were front of house putting their learnings from the Introduction to Hospitality course into practice.

Diners were treated to a carefully selected menu which included game terrine with watercress, radish, blackberry and pain de epice followed by a main of guinea fowl forestiere, confit leg, kale, glazed neeps and game chips, rounded off with pear belle Helene and blueberry macarons.

Paul Clark, Chef Lecturer at New College Lanarkshire, said: “The students always really enjoy the experience of presenting their skills in the Scottish Parliament Restaurant, and although it can be a long, busy day, it is extremely worthwhile.

“The event allowed for the learners to express their skills and qualities in new surroundings, learning to adapt to the culture of the workplace.

“It will give their self-esteem a boost knowing that they managed to promote and conduct themselves positively at the Parliament.”

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.

New College Lanarkshire offers a range of Hospitality and Professional Cookery courses. Find out more here: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/hospitality-and-professional-cookery

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