Recognition for any restaurant by the AA is highly sought after, so to be one of only a handful of college restaurants in the country to be awarded the ‘AA College Rosette – Highly Commended’, is an outstanding boost for the students and staff within Shrewsbury College’s Origins Restaurant.
The AA College Rosette Scheme has been designed to reflect current industry trends within realistic working environments. It recognises a restaurant with a clear commitment to students and the industry, where food is prepared and served with care and understanding to a standard which stands out in the local area. Furthermore the restaurant had to demonstrate that it is completely commercially viable and has clear links with the industry locally.
Qualified AA Hotel and Restaurant inspectors with relevant industry experience carry out the visits. Having dined at Origins they concluded: “The team here are very professional and service is structured and well-paced. All the team were immaculate in their presentation, giving a professional impression in line with industry standards.
“The whole dining experience impressed both in terms of the front of house team and also the cuisine served. The front of house team are well structured, roles are clearly defined and minimal input was needed from supervisors. Cuisine showed a greater technical skill than was expected with some modern techniques also used and plating in line with a modern commercial restaurant. It was impressive to hear that the students have input into designing and developing dishes.”
Chef Lecturer, Dan Gibbons adds: “It’s is a great honour to be one of only a few colleges nationally to receive this award. The students have shown great commitment and attention to detail, which sets them apart from the crowd. They deserve this recognition.”