Cookery and Hospitality students prove to be a big a HIT at annual charity lunch

Professional Cookery and Hospitality students from Edinburgh College have shown they have what it takes to be huge stars in the industry after serving to lunch to more than 400 people at one of Edinburgh’s top hotels.

Thirty College students took on a range of Front of House and Kitchen roles at this year’s annual Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland Edinburgh Lunch at the capital’s Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa.

Established in 1994, HIT Scotland supports tens of thousands of people working and studying in the hospitality industry across Scotland to broaden their skills and experience through a range of learning programmes and scholarships.

In previous years, Edinburgh College students have completed various HIT scholarships, most recently in academic year 2017/18 when Hospitality student Ewa Jarowski and lecturer Stephanie Tanner visited Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland for a three day training programme.

HIT Scotland’s annual lunch aims to support such scholarship programmes as well as providing local students with the opportunity to hone their skills in one of Edinburgh’s top hotels.

Throughout the afternoon, Hospitality students provided full table service to more than 400 guests – serving canapes, pouring and serving various drinks and assisting in the service of a three course lunch which was paired with fine wines.

In addition, Professional Cookery students worked behind the scenes alongside Sheraton chefs to prepare a sumptuous three course meal comprising: (menu details)

The event was hosted by Grant Stott, while Jak O’Donnell – chef, restaurateur and double finalist on BBC Two’s Great British Menu – provided an insightful keynote speech.

Curriculum manager for Hospitality, Retail and Events Anne Donoghue said: “I’m thrilled that so many of our students had the chance to take part in this year’s HIT Scotland Edinburgh lunch. This is the seventh year we have supported this event with and it’s wonderful to see our students get the chance to put their skills to the test at such a fantastic occasion.

“We have maintained an excellent working relationship with HIT Scotland for a number years, ensuring our students are given maximum opportunities to further develop the skills they learn at College – ensuring they are ready to thrive in what is a fast-paced and ever-evolving industry.”