Chefs Chris and James Tanner, joined forces with former Education Secretary Lord Baker today – to officially open Bromley College’s new student-led restaurant , BR6, the Centrepiece of London’s first Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College
BR6 in Orpington will provide students at the College’s Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College with hands-on experience, not only in terms of producing and serving high quality food, but in how to actually run a business.
Bromley College’s Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College is the first in London, backed by the Career Colleges Trust . It provides innovative, employer-led education for 14-19 year olds, to ensure they are equipped with skills that employers want and need. The high quality vocational teaching is underpinned by a rigorous academic programme.
High profile industry names provide backing and support to the project, with representatives from the Hilton, Hyatt and Springboard groups on the advisory board. Many of these attended today’s official opening alongside local councillors, representatives from a range of schools, colleges and our partner universities.
Students prepared and served the impressive lunch, which included a selection of dishes including Moroccan spiced lamb meatballs, beef rendang curry , grilled mackerel and parmesan and thyme gnocchi. This was followed by some delicious desserts including mini triple chocolate brownies, lemon meringue tarts and caramel choux buns.
Guests were given a tour of the new facilities, which include two industry-standard kitchens, a pastry kitchen and a conference centre.
Lord Baker, former education secretary and founder of the Career Colleges Trust, said:
“I am absolutely delighted to officially open this absolutely wonderful restaurant.
“Bromley College’s Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College is one of our pioneering projects and is a wonderful example of employer-led education for 14-19 year olds.
“BR6 provides students with the chance to understand the ins and outs of running a working restaurant – not just how to prepare the food. This combination of practical, academic and enterprise skills sum up the Career College ethos and I am very impressed with what Bromley College is doing.
“Not only will young people be equipped with the right skills to prepare them for work, but the local hospitality industry will reap the benefits of having access to a highly-skilled future workforce.”
“I wish them every success going forward and would urge the community to book their tables up and come and see what these talented young people are capable of.”
Chefs Chris and James Tanner said:
“We are very impressed with the facilities and opportunities being offered to young people here at Bromley’s Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College.
“It is vital that we train students well and that they understand the industry. There are many career opportunities available in the sector and these are set to increase over the next few years, especially in London.
“Students studying here will be well equipped with the skills and aptitude needed to succeed in their future career. Bromley College is leading the way with its innovative Career College, which will benefit both the students and the hospitality industry as a whole.”
Principal of Bromley College, Mrs Sam Parrett, said:
“Today is an exciting day for the College. Our pioneering Career College, London’s first, is leading the way in high quality, employer-led, vocational education and our students have really showcased their talents today.
“Our College is at the forefront of innovation in education and I am proud of what we have to offer. Backed by the Career Colleges Trust, we are leading the way in helping young people develop employability and entrepreneurial skills – whilst ensuring they secure a firm academic education.
“BR6 is also very important for the local community. When Bromley College merged with Orpington College in 2011, we made a commitment to be part of the regeneration of Orpington Town Centre by developing a catering and hospitality area.
BR6 reflects this pledge and it is a centrepiece for both our Career College and the community as a whole. I have no doubt that our students and staff will make it a huge success and I’d urge local residents to book a table and see what we have to offer.”
BR6 is open to the public and bookings can be made using our online booking system. Please see: www.bromley.ac.uk