Sheffield students showcase restaurant talents with South Asian inspired night

By Chloe Gray

Sheffield City College students have shown off their catering talents at Inox Dine as they presented their award winning menu to the public.

The College’s students won Young Restaurant Team of the Year in July last year and exhibited their Indian inspired menu to guests for £30 per ticket.

The sell-out event began with a drinks reception from 7pm within Sheffield Students’ Union’s exclusive restaurant and featured a three course menu, including gilt-head bream with saag aloo for starter and a main of roast Jaipur chicken with tadka dal.

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The special event took place on Tuesday to raise funds for this year’s competition and promote the college, the university and the competition.

During the evening, the kitchen was run by Masterchefs of Great Britain Joe Berry, Head Chef at Inox Dine, and Len Unwin, Sheffield City College lecturer.

They were supported by current students who helped to prepare, cook and serve the food for the evening and by those who worked at the front-of- house serving and advising customers.

Some of the winners of last year’s event were also there, including Sarah Platton who now works as a Restaurant Supervisor and Events Co-ordinator at Boutique Hotel in Sheffield since winning the competition.

She said that all the students got to input their ideas towards the South-Asian inspired menu for the competition and it was then finalised by their mentors Maxene Gray and Unwin.

Sarah said: “We did a lot of Indian influenced food, rather than just specifically Indian, it was sort of British food with an Indian twist.”

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