Ayrshire College Hospitality students showcase local produce at the Scottish Parliament

Ayrshire College Hospitality students showcase local produce at the Scottish Parliament

Ayrshire College Professional Cookery and Hospitality students hosted a special dinner service recently at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Under the guidance of Hospitality lecturers, Claire Anderson, Livia Alexander and Ainsley Millar, the students prepared and served a three course dinner menu in the prestigious Members’ Restaurant to invited guests, including MSPs.

The menu was made up of produce which showcased the best of food and drink that Ayrshire has to offer, with local Ayrshire producers contributing.

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon met with the students and staff before the event to hear about their menu and talk about the Ayrshire produce showcased.

Professional Cookery student Gwen Bayne, from Dalyrymple said “it was a good experience to work in a completely different environment to what I’m used to. It was nerve-racking, but all the guests really enjoyed it, which was a real confidence boost.”

Hospitality lecturer, Claire Anderson said “this was an outstanding evening and a wonderful experience for our students. They certainly rose to the occasion, and this experience will give them confidence and aspirations for the future. The MSPs had nothing but praise for the quality of food, and presentation.”

Willie Coffey MSP and John Scott MSP kindly provided tours of the parliament for guests, staff and students following the dinner.

John captured the spirit of the evening saying “It was really great to see the enthusiasm of the students. They have proved themselves to be real professionals, worthy of taking their place in Scotland’s much acclaimed food, drink and hospitality sectors, and are a credit to Ayrshire College and its staff.”

This was the College’s fourth invitation to host the prestigious dinner, providing a unique experience for the students.

Due to the success of the event, Ayrshire College has been invited back to host a fifth dinner in the springtime of 2019.

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