Hospitality & Catering

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Bringing the flavours of Ireland to local residents, the Zest restaurant at Langley College held its first theme night of the year on Thursday (16 March 2017) to celebrate St Patrick's Day. The sold-out event was packed with visitors enjoying an array of dishes including Bubble and Squeak, Irish Stew and Apple Amber, all prepared by the College’s talented catering students.

Diners at the restaurant, which is open to the public for bookings, were treated to a mouth-watering menu at a pocket-pleasing price. Level three professional cookery student Amy Brooker, 18 years old, from Slough, devised the menu for the evening, which offered guests a three-course menu for just £18.50 per person, and included a complimentary amuse bouche and petit fours.

Talking about the event, which was inspired by her Irish roots, Amy said: “My Nan is Irish so that’s where the theme came from. The evening went as well as I had hoped and everyone gave good feedback. My family were here to support me and they were impressed.”

Fellow student Tony Peverill (17, from Langley), who is studying a professional cookery level two course at Langley College, said: “My uncle used to be a professional chef and he inspired me to cook. I’ve learnt so much since I’ve been at college as it is like a real restaurant. I really enjoy the team spirit in the kitchen and the theme night gives us a chance to do something different.”

Local resident, Steven Gillingwater, was one diner enjoying the authentic Irish cuisine. He said: “The bubble and squeak was lovely. It took me back to Ireland. My Nan was Irish and it was just as good as she used to make. I’m definitely interested in coming along to the Spanish night.”

Fellow diners, Councillor Preston Brooker and his wife Shirley, agree: “It is good to support young chefs. Everyone should come and experience the restaurant here. It looks very professional.”

Providing a real work environment for students, the Zest restaurant at Langley College is open to the public for bookings and serves a range of delicious seasonal dishes at competitive prices. All food is cooked and served by talented students under the supervision of industry-trained staff.

Zest holds a variety of special theme nights throughout the year, to give diners the opportunity to try different dishes from around the world including classic French cooking and Thai cuisine. Upcoming theme nights include Spanish and English cuisine.

The Zest restaurant is part of East Berkshire College’s Hospitality and Catering Academy in Langley. Officially opened in 2013, the academy works in partnership with patrons from some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region, to provide students with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

From professional cookery (levels one to three) and food hygiene to front of house service, the academy offers an array of full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships. The College also delivers a range of short courses including wine tasting, Italian cookery and cake decorating.

For more information on the Hospitality & Catering Academy at Langley College, please visit www.eastberks.ac.uk or call 01753 793000.

Zest will be holding a Spanish theme night on Thursday 30 March from 5.30-8pm. To book a table please call 01753 793344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For menus, theme nights and more information, please click here.

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East Berkshire College is delighted to announce that the prestigious Stoke Park Hotel, Spa and Country Club in Buckinghamshire and its award-winning Executive Chef Chris Wheeler will be a patron of the successful Hospitality & Catering Academy at Langley College.

Celebrated chef Chris Wheeler and the team at the five AA red star hotel will be working with the College to help develop new talent for the industry. The partnership will mean budding chefs, hotel managers and those aspiring to a career in front of house service will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business, through a series of masterclasses, work experience opportunities and enrichment activities.

To mark the beginning of this exciting new partnership, level two and three catering students from Langley College visited the hotel recently for a behind-the-scenes tour and the chance to quiz the resident chefs and front of house team on their roles and experiences.

Chris Wheeler, who has been Executive Chef of the hotel’s Humphry’s fine dining restaurant for 14 years and was recently crowned Hotel Chef of the Year (over 250 covers) at the prestigious Hotel Cateys 2016, is keen to inspire young people to pursue a career in the industry.

“We are absolutely delighted to become a Patron of East Berkshire College and their amazing Hospitality & Catering Academy. To be able to support the students, to offer apprenticeships and to encourage them to work in our industry is fundamental and something which is very important to us,” commented Chris Wheeler.

College Principal, Kate Webb, explains: ““We are passionate about providing our students with an enhanced learning experience through our links with leading industry figures. We are, therefore, absolutely delighted to have Chris Wheeler and the team at Stoke Park as a patron of our training academy. By working together, we will be able to give young people, who are just starting out in their careers, the chance to learn from talented individuals at the top of their profession.”

The College’s Hospitality & Catering Academy works in partnership with patrons from some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region to provide an enhanced learning experience for students. Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin star Hand & Flowers restaurant in Marlow is also a patron of the academy, representing the restaurant sector, along with Caroline Fry, Chief Executive of leading corporate and commercial catering company CH&Co, who represents the contract catering sector.

From professional cookery (levels one to three) and food hygiene to front of house service, the academy offers an array of full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships and a new foundation degree in tourism and hospitality management.

For more information on the Hospitality & Catering Academy at Langley College, please click here or call 01753 793000.

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Talented hospitality and catering students from Langley College, part of East Berkshire College, played host to Langley Haven Care Home yesterday (29th November 2016) when they organised a special two-course lunch and festive workshops for ten of its elderly residents.

The residents, who were all over 85 years old, visited the College’s Zest restaurant in Station Road to take part in two interactive masterclasses, which saw the students demonstrate how to decorate cakes and festive biscuits along with some fancy napkin folding perfect for any Christmas dinner table. The residents even had the chance to have a go at the activities themselves, with a little help from the students.

With the ladies and gentlemen from Langley Haven having worked up an appetite, the event culminated with a special two-course lunch, which was cooked and served by the students. The menu included such delights as Chicken Chasseur and Double Chocolate Cheesecake.

Roxana Chirita, Activities Coordinator at Langley Haven, explained: “The residents really enjoyed the event because the students were teaching them. It was lovely to see them interacting and learning from each other. Some of our residents can be quite quiet, but the students brought them out of themselves.

“The whole event was very well organised. The students and staff took great care to plan everything to meet the needs of our residents. We are hoping to plan another visit early next year and visit the College salon as well.”

Commenting at the day, Langley Haven resident Mary Smith said: “I really enjoyed my visit to the College as I don’t get to go out much now. The students showed us how to decorate cakes or biscuits and how to fold napkins. It was nice to talk to them about their lives and cooking.”

Marion Foster added: “I can remember when the College was built. It is fantastic that these facilities are open to the community. The quality of the restaurant is excellent.”

Providing a real work environment for students, the Zest restaurant at Langley College is part of East Berkshire College’s Hospitality & Catering Academy. Officially opened in 2013, the academy works in partnership with patrons from some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region to provide students with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

From professional cookery (levels one to three) and food hygiene to front of house service, the academy offers an array of full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships. The College also delivers a range of short courses including wine tasting, Italian cookery and cake decorating.

For more information on the Hospitality & Catering Academy at Langley College, please click here or call 01753 793000.

 

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Stoke Park’s award-winning chef, Chris Wheeler transported Humphry’s fine dining restaurant to Langley College on Thursday 16th June 2016, when he worked with a team of 20 catering students to create a spectacular gala dinner.

The first event of its kind at the College in Station Road, the special night was held at the College’s Zest training restaurant and provided hospitality and catering students with an amazing learning opportunity. Under the guidance of the hotel’s celebrated Head Chef, Chris Wheeler, and Food & Beverage Manager, Tariq Mahomed, students recreated and served a selection of stunning modern British dishes from Humphry’s prestigious menu.

The incredible set menu offered 60 guests a flavour of the five-star hotel’s fine dining experience at a fraction of the usual cost. Diners were treated to a three-course journey of culinary delights including Dorset Crab and Prawn Tian, Pan-fried Sea Bass with Butternut Squash Risotto, Roast Loin of Lamb, Blackcurrant Soufflé and Humphry’s signature Chocolate Box Dessert with Salted Caramel Ice Cream.

Chris Wheeler, who has appeared on TV shows such as Saturday Kitchen and Sunday Brunch, has been Head Chef at the 3 AA rosette restaurant at Stoke Park Country Club and Hotel for 13 years. Passionate about developing and inspiring new talent for the industry, he currently employs two apprentice chefs from Langley College.

“I really enjoyed spending the day with the students at East Berkshire College and bringing Humphry’s to Zest for the day. I was an apprentice when I first started in the industry and I truly value the opportunities I was given, and we are delighted to support the students and the fantastic Hospitality & Catering Academy,” commented Chris Wheeler.

Starting with a drinks reception, the gala dinner also included a charity raffle, where one lucky diner won a one night stay at Stoke Park, including dinner at Humphry’s fine dining restaurant. All the money raised was donated to the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice to help support the charity’s incredible work.

Clive Hodge, Commercial Director at East Berkshire College, explains: “The gala dinner was a wonderful learning experience for our students and a fabulous night for guests. We are extremely grateful to Chris Wheeler and the team at Stoke Park for giving up their time to work with our students. It was a truly inspiring evening for all involved.”

Rhys Kralyic, who is studying on the Level 3 Professional Cookery course at Langley College, was delighted to take part in the event: “It was a real honour to learn from such a top chef,” said Rhys. “The pressure was really on to produce dishes that were up to Stoke Park’s high standards, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I finally mastered the art of a one-handed quenelle.”

Langley resident, Ann Portsmouth was one of the diners at the special pop-up evening. Speaking at the event, she said: “The dinner was absolutely amazing and every course was beautifully presented. The students have worked really hard. I can’t wait to see what they do next year.”

Providing a real work environment for students, the Zest restaurant at Langley College is part of East Berkshire College’s Hospitality & Catering Academy. Officially opened in 2013, the academy works in partnership with patrons from some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region to provide students with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

From professional cookery (levels one to three) and food hygiene to front of house service, the academy offers an array of full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships. The College also delivers a range of short courses including wine tasting, Italian cookery and cake decorating.

For more information on the Hospitality & Catering Academy at Langley College, please click here or call 01753 793000.

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East Berkshire College is delighted to announce that Stoke Park’s award-winning chef, Chris Wheeler, will be bringing Humphry’s fine dining restaurant to Langley College for a special gala dinner on Thursday 16th June 2016.

The first event of its kind at the College, the special night will be held at the College’s Zest training restaurant and will provide hospitality and catering students with an amazing learning opportunity. Under the guidance of the hotel’s celebrated Head Chef, Chris Wheeler, and Food & Beverage Manager, Tariq Mahomed, students will be recreating and serving a selection of stunning modern British dishes from Humphry’s prestigious menu.

The £20 set menu will offer guests a flavour of the five-star hotel’s fine dining experience at a fraction of the usual cost. Diners can expect a three-course journey of culinary delights including Dorset Crab and Prawn Tian, Pan-fried Sea Bass with Butternut Squash Risotto, Roast Loin of Lamb, Blackcurrant Soufflé and Humphry’s signature Chocolate Box Dessert with Salted Caramel Ice Cream.

Starting at 6.30pm, the gala dinner will also include a charity raffle, where one lucky diner could win a one night stay at Stoke Park, including dinner at Humphry’s fine dining restaurant and breakfast. All money raised will be donated to the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice to help support the charity’s incredible work.

Chris Wheeler, who has appeared on TV shows such as Saturday Kitchen and Sunday Brunch, has been Head Chef at the 3 AA rosette restaurant at Stoke Park Country Club and Hotel for 13 years. Passionate about developing and inspiring new talent for the industry, he currently employs two apprentice chefs from Langley College.

‘I am really looking forward to spending the day with the students at East Berkshire College and bringing Humphry’s to Zest for the day. I was an apprentice when I first started in the industry and I truly value the opportunities I was given, and we are delighted to support the students and the fantastic Hospitality & Catering Academy.’ commented Chris Wheeler.

Providing a real work environment for students, the Zest restaurant at Langley College is part of East Berkshire College’s Hospitality & Catering Academy. The academy works in partnership with patrons from some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region to provide students with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

From professional cookery and food hygiene to front of house service, the academy offers an array of full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships. The College also delivers a range of short courses including wine tasting, Italian cookery and cake decorating.

To book a table at this unique event or for more information, please click here or call 01753 793344. The Zest restaurant is located at Langley College, Station Road, Langley, Berkshire SL3 8BY.

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Local residents were invited to enjoy a lunch fit for a Queen this week (19th to 21st April 2016), when catering students from East Berkshire College brought a flavour of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations to its Langley College in Station Road.

In honour of Her Majesty’s birthday, the College’s Zest training restaurant served-up a special lunch menu to celebrate classic British cuisine. From Coronation Chicken and Shepherd’s Pie to Queen of Puddings and Sherry Trifle, the lunchtime extravaganza saw the College’s talented catering students create a delicious array of dishes inspired by classic British cooking. The menu also included a complimentary glass of Pimms Royale to toast the occasion.

Patriotic diners packed out the Zest restaurant to fly the flag for British cuisine. A group of 19 ladies, who all belong to the Holy Family Catholic Church, were dining in the restaurant on Wednesday to celebrate birthdays of two friends as well as the Queen’s big day.

Phyllis Farnan (aged 84, from Langley), who received a telegram from the Queen to mark her sixtieth wedding anniversary about two years ago, explains: “The lunch was a wonderful way to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. All the food was lovely, but I particularly enjoyed the sherry trifle. I’ve been to the restaurant three or four times now and everyone is always very friendly.”

Fellow diner, Bernadette Bates added: “It was a good idea to have a British menu to mark the Queen’s birthday. We have all had a great afternoon. The food was very tasty and beautifully presented. We last visited the restaurant in January and it is getting better and better.”

Providing a real work environment for students, the Zest restaurant at Langley College is open to the public and serves a range of delicious seasonal dishes at competitive prices. All food is cooked and served by talented students under the supervision of industry-trained staff.

The stunning Zest restaurant is part of East Berkshire College’s Hospitality & Catering Academy in Langley. The academy works in partnership with patrons from some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region to provide students with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

As well as lunch, Zest holds a range of special theme nights throughout the year to showcase foods from around the world, from classic Spanish dishes to mouth-watering Caribbean cuisine. For more information on Zest restaurant, forthcoming theme nights or to book a table, please click here or call 01753 793344.

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Students from the Hospitality and Catering Academy at East Berkshire College in Langley put their skills to good use on Thursday (24 March) with a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Selling hot drinks and an array of handmade cakes and biscuits to staff and fellow students, the catering students raised over £200 for the charity.

All of the delicious cakes and biscuits, which included Victoria sponges, Easter themed cupcakes, scones and shortbread, were baked and decorated by the college’s talented Level 3 Hospitality and Catering students. Visitors flocked to the coffee morning, which was held at the College’s Zest restaurant, to try the tempting treats and support the cause.

Level 3 Professional Cookery student Jenna Driver was in charge of the event, and ran the coffee morning as part of the Business Enterprise unit of her course, where students are encouraged to plan and put on a hospitality event.

“I chose to support Macmillan because my Grandma passed away in October due to cancer and Macmillan really helped to support my Grandparents through the whole ordeal,” Jenna explains. “I chose to do a coffee morning because it’s a good excuse to bring people together.”

“The event went really well, there were loads of people,” said Jenna. “I didn’t think there would be this many.”

Visitors were able to enjoy their cakes in the stunning surroundings of the Zest restaurant, which provides a real work environment for the college’s hospitality and catering students. The Zest restaurant is open to the public and provides a range of delicious seasonal dishes, at competitive prices. All of the high quality dishes are cooked and served by the talented students, under the supervision of industry-trained staff.

The Zest restaurant is part of East Berkshire College’s Hospitality and Catering Academy in Langley. The academy works in partnership with patrons from some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region, to provide students with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

From professional cookery and food hygiene to front of house service, the academy offers an array of full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships. The College also delivers a range of short courses including wine tasting, Italian cookery and cake decorating.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range of Hospitality and Catering courses, please call 01753 793000 or click here.

Zest is open for lunch on Tuesday to Thursday from 12-2pm. Dinner is available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30-8pm. To book a table, please call 01753 793344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For menus, theme nights and more information, please click here.

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The heat was on last week (Tuesday 15 March) as the final of Berkshire’s Best Young Chef competition took place at the Hospitality & Catering Academy at Langley College.

Seven of the county’s talented young cooks, who were all aged 12-19, battled it out in a masterchef-style contest, organised by East Berkshire College and the Slough & Windsor Observer.

Now in its third year, the contest saw the finalists create their best dish for a panel of some of the UK’s top chefs including Aaron Mulliss, Head Chef at Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin star Hand & Flowers restaurant, Nick Beardshaw, Head Chef at The Coach in Marlow, and award-winning pastry chef, Will Torrent.

Erika Lazaro Costa (aged 14, from Reading) impressed the judges with her ambitious Chocolate Fondant with an Almond Tuile and Raspberry Coulis to win the top prize in the age 12-15 age category. Meanwhile, Mark Bendall (aged 19), who is an apprentice chef at The Green Parrott in Maidenhead was victorious in the Best Apprentice Chef category with his superb Fish Pie.

The budding young chefs were given just 90 minutes to cook their mouth-watering dishes for the chance to win some amazing prizes. Prizes that included a meal at the two Michelin star Hand & Flowers, a meal and masterclass at The Oakely Court in Windsor, a signed copy of Will Torrent’s new book ‘Afternoon Tea at Home’ and some of the finest single origin chocolate from Cacao Barry, of which Will is an Ambassador, as well as a collection of baking accessories courtesy of Sainsbury’s Uxbridge Road store.

Commenting on the need to support young chefs, judge Will Torrent, who recently delighted shoppers with his range of limited edition patisserie in The Tea Room at Harrods, enthused: “It is great to inspire and develop the next generation. It’s so important to encourage young talent and get people excited about the hospitality industry. Taking part in this competition at such a young age is good for their confidence and our industry. We have some great plans for next year’s competition.”

Commenting on the contest and the College, Aaron Mulliss said: “This is a great competition and the facilities at the College are second to none. It’s an amazing place to come and learn the basics. The Hand & Flowers and The Coach have this year taken on two apprentices from East Berkshire College.”

While the contestants were hard at work on their dishes, East Berkshire College’s talented catering students showcased their skills by creating and serving a delicious selection of canapés to guests, including local dignitaries, businesses, schools and parents.

Opened in October 2013, the stunning Hospitality & Catering Academy is part of the College’s £30m investment in its Langley College. The academy works in partnership with some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region to provide students with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

Helping to meet the training needs of local businesses in this thriving sector, the facility accommodates professional training kitchens and a working restaurant. Providing a real work environment for students, the Zest restaurant is open to the public and serves a range of delicious seasonal dishes at competitive prices. All food is cooked and served by talented students under the supervision of industry-trained staff.

From professional cookery to front of house service, the new academy offers an array of full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships. For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, including apprenticeships, click here or call 01753 793000.

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Local residents experienced a taste of the Mediterranean, as part of a theme night at the Zest restaurant at Langley College on Thursday 25 February 2016. The College’s talented catering students took inspiration from the Mediterranean to create a delicious range of dishes including Gazpacho soup, Lamb Tagine and Panna Cotta.

Diners at the restaurant, which is open to the public for bookings, enjoyed a mouth-watering menu at a low cost. The menu which was specially devised by Level 3 catering student Ben Connell, offered guests a three-course meal for just £17.50 per person, plus a complimentary amuse bouche and petit fours.

Ben said: “This is the first time I have run a theme night at Zest, so I was quite nervous. I decided to do a Mediterranean theme as I’ve always been interested in the region and would love to travel the world working in different restaurants, in different countries.”

The stunning Zest restaurant provides a real work environment for the college’s hospitality and catering students. The Zest restaurant is open to the public and provides a range of delicious seasonal dishes, at competitive prices. All of the high quality dishes are cooked and served by the talented students, under the supervision of industry-trained staff.

Throughout the year, Zest holds a range of special theme nights to give diners the opportunity to try different dishes from around the world including classic French cooking and Caribbean cuisine. Upcoming theme nights include Thai, Scandinavian and South American cuisine.

A regular at the restaurant, diner Nina Davidson said, “The food is really lovely and the service is good too. I love coming along to the theme nights as it gives you the chance to try lots of different flavours. I’ve already booked a table at next week’s Thai evening.”

Diner Gareth Gill added, “You can’t beat the price for a three-course meal. It is great value and I have to say that was the best lamb tagine I’ve ever eaten.”

The Zest restaurant is part of East Berkshire College’s Hospitality and Catering Academy in Langley. The academy works in partnership with patrons from some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within region, to provide students with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

From professional cookery and food hygiene to front of house service, the academy offers an array of full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships. The College also delivers a range of short courses including wine tasting, Italian cookery and cake decorating.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range of Hospitality and Catering courses, please call 01753 793000 or click here.

Zest is open for lunch on Tuesday to Thursday from 12-2pm. Dinner is available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30-8pm. To book a table please call 01753 793344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For menus, theme nights and more information, please click here.

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