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Posted: 07/05/10

A taste of Europe at college brasserie

Three catering and hospitality students at West Nottinghamshire College will be serving up dishes from England, France and Italy on Friday 21 May to mark their graduation from their courses.

Mark Simpson, 20, from Mansfield, and Lewis Bradley, 22, from Mansfield Woodhouse, are both studying NVQ Level 3 in professional cookery and have a menu of modern fine dining inspired by French and English chefs awaiting diners at the college’s Number 19 Brasserie.

Dishes will include an asparagus salad for starters or Jerusalem artichoke soup.  This will be followed by a main course of sea bass or beef wellington, ending with a dessert of mocha mousse topped with espresso foam and amoretti ice cream.

Mark and Lewis will be joined by Louise Scothern, 21, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, who will be graduating from her NVQ Level 3 in hospitality and supervision and welcoming diners with her front-of-house team. 

Louise will be serving up various cocktail drinks on the evening including a Sapphire Martini containing blueberries and parfait de menthe.  She will also be offering Italian-themed lunches during the week (commencing 17 May).

Each of the students have a busy summer ahead of them, with Louise hoping to carry out charitable work in Africa.  She has future aspirations to work in Japan and is currently learning the language.

Mark plans to spend August putting his professional cookery skills to the test at Michelin-star bar and restaurant, The Bohemia, in Jersey. Lewis, meanwhile, is hoping to secure a sous chef position at Gidleigh Park Hotel, Devon.