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Tables are turned at the Salt and Barrel

Tables are turned at the Salt and Barrel

Ayrshire College’s principal, vice principals and senior managers took over the Salt and Barrel training restaurant at its Kilmarnock Campus in a role reversal with hospitality staff.

The management team stepped up to the challenge to prepare a four course meal for 23 hospitality staff to turn the tables and thank them for their hard work at the College’s restaurants over the busy Christmas period.


Acting as chefs and front-of-house staff for the evening, the managers were under the instruction of Head of Hospitality and Tourism, John Govan on the night. He said “The teams pulled together in circumstances well outside their comfort zones to produce good food and good service.

“Everyone committed fully to the tasks, grew in confidence as the event went on, and even put up with my directions and instructions with good humour .”

The guests from the Hospitality department enjoyed the experience and made the most of the informal team building time.

Hospitality lecturer Claire Anderson said “It was lovely to be a guest and a very enjoyable and relaxing dining experience. I was very impressed. The service and food were very good and all involved should be very proud of what they achieved and, as someone pointed out, it is not as easy as it looks!”

College Principal Heather Dunk said “Our hospitality lecturers provide an excellent learning experience for students in our training restaurants. As well as delivering an excellent service for members of the public who use the restaurants, they cater for many large-scale events throughout the year. These provide invaluable work experience for students and prepare them for working in Ayrshire’s thriving hospitality sector.

“It was a pleasure to prepare and serve this meal, and I am really pleased that staff enjoyed the food and the experience.”

Normal service has resumed and tables can be booked at

19 January 2017

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