East Durham College catering student Aaron Souter

College’s Scene1 Restaurant Hosts Successful Burns’ Night Supper

Students and staff at East Durham College’s Scene1 restaurant were celebrating after hosting a highly successful Robert Burns’ Night supper event earlier this week.

The restaurant catered for over 30 guests, who’d booked for the popular annual event, and they were treated to a stunning traditional Scottish menu. The menu featured dishes such as potato scones with a Scotch egg and whiskey sauce, mince n tatties, breast of chicken balmoral and tweed kettle.

The event was held at the College’s training restaurant, based in its Peterlee campus, and took place on 24th January. It saw over 20 students take part working in the kitchen and front-of-house. The students planned and organised all aspects of the event as part of their hospitality and catering course.

Lynn Smith, catering lecturer, said: “The students were fantastic from the start. They threw themselves into the task and you could see they really wanted to make it a success from the moment they received the brief on the event.

“It’s great for the students to gain experience of putting on a themed event as they are such a big part of the industry and something they are very likely to encounter when they leave college and start working in the sector.”

Catering student Aaron Souter, 18, from Easington Village, Peterlee, said: When I addressed, toasted and stabbed the haggis I was so proud and honoured to have been chosen.

“It was a great opportunity to work front-of-house and built up more of my confidence. I also really enjoyed the traditional side of the event.”

The Robert Burns’ Night Supper is an institution of Scottish life: a night to celebrate the life and works of the national Bard, Robert Burns. The first suppers were held at the end of the 18th century by Robert Burns' friends on the anniversary of his death, 21 July. Suppers are now traditionally held on 25 January, Burns' birthday.

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