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Posted: 03/05/11

Students set for colourful fundraising dinner

Professional cookery students at West Nottinghamshire College are staging a graduation dinner with a fundraising twist on Friday (6 May).

A seven-course menu that includes pan-fried scallops with a coral powder, beetroot soup, red mullet, pumpkin lasagne and rhubarb sorbet will be served to diners at the college’s Number 19 Brasserie by students graduating from the NVQ Level 3 Professional Cookery course.

Twenty-year-old Natasha Bishton, from Jacksdale, is looking forward to welcoming a life-long friend to the fundraising dinner.  She said: “We’re using the graduation dinner to raise money for the CLIC Sargent charity, which supported my friend who recently recovered from cancer. 

“I hope she enjoys the menu, which we’ve designed to represent food with lots of natural colour.”

Natasha, who one day hopes to run her own catering events company, will be graduating with fellow students Kayleigh Atkin, also 20, from Annesley, who would like to work in Cornwall and specialise in seafood; Emma Davis, 18, from Mansfield, who is keen to work in the army, and Joel Martin, also 18, from Langwith.

Joel, who is studying the NVQ Level 3 in Hospitality and Supervision Leadership diploma, will also be serving up lunches with a gothic theme this week as well as extending this theme to the evening’s meal. 

He said: “I will be decorating the tables and restaurant with a gothic theme and putting my drinks-making skills to the test with a range of cocktails. 

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at college and had a great mentor in past student Keith Swinton, who really helped develop my confidence in working with the public.”

Diners can book a table for the graduation meal, which costs £24.95 per person, by calling the No. 19 Brasserie on (01623) 413629. Tables will be available from 6.30pm.