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For the second year running, St Helens College welcomed back Liverpool FC to their award-winning, Colours Restaurant, to offer catering students the opportunity to cook and serve alongside the club’s senior chefs and hospitality team.

During National Apprenticeship Week, LFC delivered a live dining experience, with students working alongside LFC chefs and hospitality managers to deliver the finest match day hospitality to diners at Colours Restaurant.

To help prepare for the unique dining experience, students visited Anfield to take a tour of its state-of-the-art kitchens and catering facilities. LFC chefs then supported students with food preparation while offering advice based on years of successful experience to those wanting to pursue a culinary career in the industry.

While the chefs in training worked their way around the kitchen, the club’s event and hospitality team enlisted the support of the College’s hospitality students, to prepare for front of house.

The exciting preparation day culminated with a presentation about the variety of career opportunities available at the club and within the stadium, before Anfield’s Executive Head Chef, Chris Marshall, and Recruitment and Retention Manager, Emma Hulme, took to the floor for a Q&A session.

Commenting on the event, world-renowned chef, James Holden, said, “This event was a fantastic opportunity for the students to develop their skills and knowledge of fine dining cuisine while working alongside top industry chefs. The students really excelled and delivered some fantastic dishes. Not only was it a great learning experience for them, but it will look brilliant on their CV.”

The five-course, fine dining menu was designed to impress, with fresh ingredients and creative dishes such as curried monkfish, pressed chicken and leek terrine, aged beef sirloin and seared hand dived scallop.

Julie Heap, Head of Department at St Helens College, added: "We aim to involve our catering and hospitality students in as many industry focussed events as possible. It is a valuable opportunity for them to work alongside professional chefs who work in the foodservice industry. It allows them to establish strong links with industry, whilst gaining an honest insight into what a future career in fine dining will hold.”

She added, “Catering and hospitality is one of the most competitive industries to work in and these unique events really help to enhance their CV and improve their chances of employment in the future. The feedback from the students who took part has been very positive.”

Liverpool FC Guest Chef Dinner