AA College Restaurant of the Year Award 2018 Shortlist

>>AA College Restaurant of the Year Award 2018 Shortlist

Now in its second year, the AA College Restaurant of the Year Award has been developed in conjunction with People 1st to recognise accredited colleges within the AA College Rosette Scheme that have shown outstanding achievements in a realistic working environment.

The three shortlisted finalists are:

  • Academy Restaurant – South Cheshire College
  • Avenue 141 – Fareham College
  • The Brasserie – Milton Keynes College

The winner of the AA College Restaurant of the Year award will be announced at the annual AA Hospitality Awards dinner on 25 September at Grosvenor House, London.

The college teams were invited to join the judging day at the end of June, where they took part in a series of activities.  The inspirational speakers included Marcus Wareing.

Alistair Sandall FIH and Sean Wheeler MIH

Teams were interviewed by a judging panel that included The Institute’s head of professional development, Alistair Sandall FIH.

Alistair said: “It was an inspirational day and great to see the managers and chefs of tomorrow trying hard, learning and listening. Great motivation from some of the lecturers too. The future looks good, and refreshingly there was no mention of Brexit! Hard work pays off.”

The other judges were:

Sean Wheeler MIH, chairman of the Hospitality Accreditation Panel and director of People Development – Principal Hotels
Rob Flinter, general manager, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Julian Tomlin FIH, general manager, Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Surrey
Annette Allmark, director of strategic policy – People 1st
Andy Doyle, membership operations manager – People 1st
Stephen Wilkinson, senior hotel & restaurant inspector – AA Hotel Services
Garry Baldwin FIH, senior hotel & restaurant inspector – AA Hotel Services

Sean Wheeler MIH added: “Judging the awards has been a great experience. It’s fantastic to see the passion that the students have for our industry and it reiterates why it’s important for employers to forge links with accredited colleges. Best of luck to the three finalists!”

The 15 colleges that took part are:

Ayrshire College – Salt & Barrel
Ayrshire College – Inver
City College Norwich – The Debut
Cornwall College – Trevenson
Fareham College – Avenue 141
Hertford Regional College – The Atrium
Hugh Baird College Liverpool – L20
Leicester College – Taste
London South East College – BR6
Milton Keynes College – The Brasserie
Peterborough Regional College – Parcs
Trafford College – Aspire
University College Birmingham –  Atrium
Warrington and Vale Royal College – Buckley’s
Vison West Nottinghamshire College – Refined