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9 hospitality and catering students visited South Lodge Hotel in Horsham last week to learn top cookery tips from their expert chefs.

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Students from the Level 3 Hospitality Supervision course joined Level 4 Hospitality management students for an afternoon at the 5* luxury retreat in Horsham. The group were given a guided tour of the country house hotel, including their high-tech wine tasting cellar, were able to discuss career opportunities and join Executive chef Lewis Hamblet and Head chef Ian Swainson for cookery demonstrations in their luxury 3AA Rosette restaurant, The Pass.

Lewis and Ian invited the group into their unique ‘in-kitchen’ to show them techniques on how to prepare and cook fish, tip on how to use taste and smell to match ingredients, and show them a few creative ways to present food.

The students were also in prime position to see the chefs make a horseradish snow using liquid nitrogen.

The ‘in-kitchen’ offers diners a unique experience to be seated along the length of the kitchen on a row of high tables with LCD screens strategically placed so that they can see a 360-degree view of the chefs at work.

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The afternoon was part of the Springboard programme, supported by Sussex Coast College, designed to help students make a smooth transition from education and into employment.

The college has worked with the charity, Springboard, for a number of years to give students the opportunity to see the industry in practice and raise their aspirations.

Jeff Jordan, Hospitality and Catering lecturer, said: “It is fantastic to visit South Lodge Hotel. The hotel is magnificent, and the tips that they students have got from Lewis and Ian are invaluable.

The partnership that we have with Springboard is really valuable. We often have the opportunity to visit well established hotels and restaurants in the South East and London – many of which have work experience placements that our students are able to take advantage of.”

Jennifer Dance, Human Resources Manager, said: “We were delighted to welcome hospitality students from Sussex Coast College to South Lodge. Getting out to see the industry in reality is so valuable, and we’re always happy to show off our Hotel.”

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