New developments at college’s catering school

Northumberland College students, staff and Pleased to Meet You Head Chef David Kennedy in The Gallery kitchen.
Northumberland College students, staff and Pleased to Meet You Head Chef David Kennedy in The Gallery kitchen.

Northumberland College’s School of Hospitality and Catering has continued to grow and has now welcomed a new hospitality director bringing with him top industry contacts and new curriculum plans.

Following investment of more than £14million in new facilities which included a brand-new restaurant and additional professional kitchen, the latest appointment of Andy Brown as academy head of hospitality and catering sees 24 years of experience within the catering and teaching industry added to the team, with a clear vision of the culture he hopes to create at the college.

Andy said: “At Northumberland College, we have clear ideas on the direction of travel for students to be educated and developed within.

“Having a strong and varied industry-based enrichment programme is central to how students will be developed – giving them the opportunity to see and be involved in as many varied opportunities as possible.”

With fundamental support from industry partners, Northumberland College’s Hospitality and Catering students will develop awareness of the breadth of the industry.

Since September, students have visited some of the finest dining establishments in the North East, including the Crowne Plaza and Jesmond Dene House.

The students also benefit from guest visitors and chefs to the college, including Head Chef David Kennedy from Pleased to Meet You, Newcastle, who has been working closely with the college, working in The Gallery restaurant helping to train and mentor the students in their own workspace.

For more information, visit www.northumberland.ac.uk