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Students shine at restaurant awards

Students from City of Oxford College were out in force to help celebrate the county’s finest food providers.

The college was a key supporter of the fourth Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards, organised by the In Oxford Group to recognise and celebrate the best chefs and food outlets in the county. Hospitality and catering students devised the awards night menu and cooked and served a three course meal to 300 guests at Oxford Town Hall.

These students were joined by others from public services and travel and tourism who got involved in dressing the venue, hosting the drinks reception and providing security. The awards themselves were designed and made by students from the Rycotewood Furniture Centre and the event was filmed by learning company StudioX1.

Ian Francis, Principal of City of Oxford College, which is part of Activate Learning, said: “We were delighted to be so integrally involved in this awards event, which has become a highlight of the hospitality and catering industry calendar in Oxfordshire. “Our students did an excellent job at what is a very high profile event with an expert and discerning guest list. Projects such as this broaden our students’ skills and experiences as they prepare for their own successful careers. I am confident that those involved will be the award recipients of the future.”

Having been involved behind the scenes, there was a bronze award for student chef Emma Proffitt in the trainee award.