catering awards amended

Hospitality and catering students from Northampton College were given the chance to showcase their skills on one of the county's biggest stages when they were brought in to help man the kitchens at the Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards.

A number of students had the opportunity to work alongside award-winning chef Lee Scott and prepare a sumptuous three course meal at the glittering event, held at the Royal & Derngate theatre to celebrate the county's thriving food and drink industry.

More than 500 guests tucked into game terrine, fillet of beef and a pressed apple terrine, with former Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers among those impressed with the students' work.

Musical theatre students also had their spell in the spotlight, performing two routines during the drinks reception.

Meanwhile, former Booth Lane student Arthur Dzerins was named the winner of the coveted Young Chef of the Year category. One of the judges was Simon Dyer, himself a former college student who has recently landed a new job as executive chef to Richard Branson on the exclusive Necker Island in the Caribbean.

ace centreWork has started on a state-of-the-art new facility aimed at tackling the severe skills shortages threatening to hit the construction industry in Northamptonshire.

The £4.75million Advanced Construction Engineering (ACE) Centre, to be built at Northampton College’s Booth Lane campus, will help train the next generation of builders, plumbers and decorators and teach pioneering new techniques aimed at equipping the workforce of the future with the very latest skills.

dsc 06971Two Northampton College students have been handpicked and appointed by one of the world’s leading infrastructure companies, Balfour Beatty.

Bradley Foley, 16, and 18-year-old Thomas Skinner, both BTEC Level 3 Civil Engineering students, have started industrial placements at the company’s regional offices in Northampton Business Park at Brackmills, where they are now combining three days of classroom learning in college with two days on-site work experience.

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