Hospitality students from a college in Cheshire are to take over the running of the Devonshire Fell Hotel in Yorkshire for two days in February, to gain invaluable experience in the sector.
Students from Cheshire College South and West will be responsible for running the whole property, across the hotel’s reception and check in to the preparation of the food, serving the drinks and facilitating room service.
Their work will be overseen by the hotel’s experienced team members, who will be on hand to help the students taking part, who are studying Level 2 Professional Cookery Level 3 Professional Cookery Level 3 Food and Beverage Service, Hospitality Supervision.
Students will serve paying guests, who are being invited to participate in the initiative for a discounted rate of £75 for DBB.
Chef students have already participated in a ‘Master Chef’ style cook off, to determine the three course menus on offer, and this was overseen by the hotel’s head chef, Ollie Edwards, who along with general manager Nikki Haddow, judged the various dishes; and a canapé selection has also been created especially for this event.
Richard Palmer, managing director of The Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants Group said: “We are delighted to be inviting Cheshire College students for this hands-on learning experience. Our team are also looking forward to providing valuable on the job training and sharing of their knowledge and experience. I can relate very much to how this will benefit the students as I started with the company as a trainee myself in my late teens. In those days I worked behind the bar serving drinks. I hope that the hands on experience will empower the students to embrace all that the hospitality has to offer and maybe even become hooked just I did! I will certainly be there in February to offer my support.”
The ‘Hotel Takeover’ complements the work of the Group’s ‘Devonshire Hospitality Academy’ which is now in its second year.