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Posted: 13/03/09

Moulin Rouge theme at College's brasserie

West Nottinghamshire College goes all French at the end of this month when hospitality supervision student Paul Piercy puts on his Moulin Rouge themed lunches and dinner in the No 19 Brasserie.

The twenty year-old has been a student at the College since 2005 and has worked from his NVQ Level 1 through to Level 3 in Hospitality Supervision as well as having had Professional Cookery training to Level 2. 

Paul will be preparing a three course lunch menu for 26th and 27th March along with a lavish dinner menu on the evening of 27th March.  Items on the dinner menu include lasagne of crab and mussels for starters, baked parrot fish supreme for the main course, followed by a choice of desserts including orange tart with clotted cream.

Paul is also trained to professional cookery standard and will be lending a hand in the kitchens as well as concentrating on his main strength of supervising the brasserie during the Moulin Rouge themed meals. 

He said: “I did used to want to be a chef but then I noticed I had stronger skills in supervision and management and I really enjoy working front of house at the College’s brasserie.  I’m really looking forward to leading on the French themed meals coming up and you can’t beat our prices of £6.95 for the three-course lunch and £19.95 for the dinner menu.”

Recently, Paul has had some experience of catering in royal circles.  He added: “Last year and the year before I was fortunate enough to spend a week at Royal Ascot, waiting-on in the royal box and then the year after I managed the ‘Queen’s floor’.  It was fantastic to be able to put my skills to the test at a high profile event like this.

“Then last month I supervised the catering that the College arranged for the visit by Prince Charles.  I shall definitely be putting this on my CV for the future!”

Paul’s NVQ 3 course is set to end this summer and he is a young man with high aspirations.  He said: “I would really like to become a manager in a hotel or restaurant or even follow my dream of owning my own business one day.  I know I have an eye for quality and detail so I am hopeful it won’t be long before I achieve my ambitions.”

For all lunch or dinner booking please telephone the No 19 Brasserie on (01623) 413629.