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 Northumberland
Andy said: "At Northumberland College we have clear ideas on the
direction of travel for students to be educatied and developed
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
With fundamental support from industry partners, Northumberland
College's Hospitality and Catering students will develop awareness
of the breadth of the industry.
Andy explains: "We want students to be proud of where they come
from and have a full understanding of the products that are
produced in Northumberland as well as be aware of current trends in
the hospitality industry."
"Facilities at the college's Kirkley Hall campus give us a
unique opportunity to teach our students about food origins.
Working in collaboration with the farm and horticulture department
we aim to develop a farm to plate ethos that will showcase in our
flagship Gallery Restaurant, no other catering students in the
region will have that opportunity."
Since September, students have visited some of the finest dining
establishments in the North East, including the Crowne Plaza and
Jesmond Dene House. Plus, they have been to manufacturers and
wholesalers including Taylor Seafood's, giving the learners the
opportunity to hear from industry experts.
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.
David Kennedy said: "It is great to get involved with what Andy
and his team are trying to achieve at Northumberland College. It is
vital students on Hospitality courses are educated in a rounded way
which gives exposure to all elements of the industry and hosting
evenings within the Gallery Restaurant, with leading local hotels
and restaurants is all part of the culture that is developing here
at Northumberland College. These young people are the future of our
industry and its crucial we support their development in any way we
Students will be competing in the North East Culinary Trade
Association's (NECTA) inter-college competition in April and this
year, for the first time for the college, a student has been
entered into the Future Chef category.
Andy added: "I want the students to develop and be aspirational
as well as develop self-belief. We will give students as many
opportunities as possible to compete in competitions on a regional
level to test ourselves against the other colleges in the
Level 2 Hospitality and Catering student 34- year-old Scott Burn
said: "I'm very excited to be competing in the NECTA Future Chef
competition. It will be very challenging and a lot of pressure, but
with the support from my college tutors and mentor, David Kennedy
from Pleased to Meet You, I'll be going in confident and
Over the next six months further developments within
Northumberland College's School of Hospitality and Catering will
see the introduction of new technical qualifications at Level 2
starting in September.
The Gallery restaurant has also seen further improvements, with
the introduction of themed menus and nights, including guest chefs,
taster menus, steak nights and game nights as well as offering a
seasonal lunch-time menu.
The UK hospitality and catering sector continues to see growth
and currently employs a workforce of more than 2.5 million.
To find out more about courses in Hospitality and Catering
please visit www.northumberland.ac.uk.