Innovation Day Held at Dumfries & Galloway College

Food Innovation College

Dumfries & Galloway College’s Zest Restaurant was the host venue for a Hospitality Innovation Day held recently by Thomsons Food Service in conjunction with HB Ingredients.
The day was aimed at local hospitality industry figures such as chefs, as well as students at the College and looked to cement a joined up approach in the region between the College and local businesses. It also provided an excellent opportunity for Hospitality students at the College to gain further knowledge on top of their studies and network with employers in the area.

Presentations and demonstrations on the day came from Samantha Rain, who is the appointed Ambassador in the UK for SOSA, a gastronomy ingredients manufacturer. Samantha has a wealth of experience in the industry having worked in several Michelin star restaurants and she was also the winner of the BBC Bake off Crème de las Crème in 2016.

Alan Colley from Major International also gave a presentation demonstration and was joined by Mr Willie Pike MBE Masterchef, who is one of the top chefs in Scotland. Guests on the day thoroughly enjoyed the demonstration and Mr Pike MBE Masterchef proved to be a highlight of the day, sharing his expertise in the kitchen.

Curriculum Manager, Kevin Somerville commented “We are delighted to be involved in this event that Thomsons Food Service have organised. It’s so important for our students to have this type of experience to add to their studies and working with local businesses in the region is hugely important to the College.”

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