The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College’s Bletchley Campus has been named Restaurant of the Year in the 2018 MK Food Awards.
Maria Bowness, Head of School for Hair, Beauty, Hospitality & Events at the College says, “For a college restaurant to win this prize against such stiff competition is absolutely remarkable and we’re all so very proud of them. There were some big names on the shortlist so everyone involved can hold their heads up high. We train our students in the best traditions of what a good restaurant should be, and their success proves that training is of top quality.”
One of the judges was award-winning personal chef, Spencer Ollington, who said, “The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College won best restaurant because it has found the magic formula of combining venue with atmosphere and ambience, coupled with first class delivery of both food and service. Not one other restaurant in Milton Keynes achieved all of these things. What was particularly striking was their attitude and approach to catering for all styles of diets with a mixture of new and old techniques and flavours. A first class dining experience at an exceptional price. Not to be missed!”
Third place in the Chef of the Year competition went to Laura Fedoriw, a Professional Cookery student who has been studying catering at the college studying catering for three years.
Spencer says, “Laura really shone in the MKFLA Chef of the year competition and gave lots of 'professional chefs' a run for their money. In fact there was only half a point between first and third across a panel of nine judges. The consistency of execution in all elements of both her main course and dessert dish were restaurant standard and you could see she has lots of promise and will go far. Her success is an absolute testament to the hard work she puts in and talent she has, but also to the exceptional work of the catering team at MK College.”
Maria Bowness added, “Laura is a very talented individual who’s worked incredibly hard to get where she is. We’ve known for some time that she’s a culinary star in the making and this is so thoroughly well deserved.”
Meanwhile, another top nomination has come in from the catering world from the first ever Chef Mentor Awards organised in association with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. Brasserie Head Chef, George Spires, has been put forward for the award celebrating the education sector. The Mentor Awards have been launched to recognise individuals, who have helped to train, nurture and develop Chefs across the UK hospitality and catering industry. The winners will be announced at a gala event in July.