AA College Restaurant of the Year 2017

And the 2017 winner is...

Academy Restaurant - South Cheshire College!

Academy Restaurant was announced as the winner of the 2017 People 1st-sponsored AA College Restaurant of the Year award at the annual AA Hospitality Awards in London on 25 September 2017.

The South Cheshire College team beat off stiff competition from Avenue 141 at Fareham College and The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College after all three were shortlisted following a jam-packed judging day at Park Plaza Riverbank London.

Congratulations to all three finalists, and a big thank you to all the student and lecturer teams that attended the judging day in June - the quality of entries was incredible and the judges were hugely impressed by the energy and enthusiasm on display. It was a very tough decision!

Details of next year's competition will be available here in early 2018.

Photos from the AA College Restaurant of the Year 2017 judging day (click image to view album)

AA College Restaurant of the Year judging day - 28 June 2017

Finalist videos

Entrants to this year's AA College Restaurant of the Year award were asked to create a short video promoting their college restaurant and the hospitality courses at their college. Watch our three finalists' videos below:

Celebration lunch at Pennyhill Park

Our three 2017 award were invited to an exclusive event to celebrate the success of People 1st’s college accreditation scheme, sponsored by and hosted at the stunning, 5-star Pennyhill Park hotel and spa in Surrey.

This included:

  • Guest places at the lunch for representatives of each finalist college, with the opportunity to network with representatives from leading employers, industry bodies and other colleges
  • An invitation for two learners from each college to get valuable experience by helping prepare and serve the lunch with the Pennyhill Park team
  • The opportunity for one lecturer from each college to gain CPD by helping the team prepare and serve lunch
  • Learners from each college were each presented with special certificates of achievement at the end of the lunch.

View images from the day below (click image to view album):

Accreditation celebration lunch 2018


AA College Restaurant of the Year 2016

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