College Students Serve Up Meal to Be Proud Of

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Byline: By Sue Wilson

I like my food. It is one of life's great pleasures and however much I would like to lose a few pounds - well, a couple of stones actually - I am not prepared to be miserable with it.

And, being a post-war baby, I was brought up to eat everything on my plate no matter how off-putting. When I was growing up my mother seemed to be serving the family nothing but leftovers.

The original meal has never been found. But the training is now reflected on my hips.

Last night I had a very good meal, in fact one of the best meals I have had for a while. The food was excellent and beautifully presented without being overly elaborate or fussy, the service was prompt, professional and well turned-out.

There were good wines, a nice selection of liqueurs and a wonderful view of the surrounding landscape. So where was I? The Baltic? The Oxo Tower? Actually, I was in Ashington College.

The Wansbeck Restaurant, at the top of the main college building is Ashington's answer to Jamie's Kitchen, but with a view and without having to put the booking in next year's diary.

I wondered why Jamie Oliver called his restaurant 15. Then I tried to reserve a table. There was no availability for that number of weeks.

The catering students are required to prepare and serve a number of dinners in the Wansbeck Restaurant as part of their practical experience.

And they do it very well. They also work in the main ground floor restaurant which is also open to the public and serves a very popular Christmas menu. …