Wed 06 February 2019
On Tuesday 5th February, guests from across the city region were treated to a fine dining experience, courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Hrishikesh Desai and students at The City of Liverpool College.
Under Hrishikesh’s supervision, students executed a seven-course meal for 30 guests, which included domaine de lanvaux duck liver parfait, cured Loch Duart salmon, fillet of beef with spiced braised feather blade of beef fritter, and to finish, a dark chocolate delice.
Students from the college were involved with every step of the dinner, including preparation, plating to a precise specification and providing front-of-house service.
The event was part of The City of Liverpool College’s support for Liverpool City Region’s ‘Visitor Economy Week’, showcasing the variety of opportunities and diverse skills associated with a growing visitor economy sector.
According to the Local Government Association, the sector has high potential for growth, with the visitor economy predicted to grow 2.9 per cent over the next decade, which is more than the overall economy (2.5 per cent).
After working in the catering and hospitality industry for many years, Hrishikesh found acclaim in the form of one Michelin star and three AA Rosette awards in his role as executive chef at The Gilpin Hotel.
Speaking about the dinner, Hrishikesh Desai said:
“I have worked in the catering and hospitality industry for many years, and I can see right now that we are facing a crisis, as fewer young people wish to take up a career in this industry.
“It is incredibly important that I take the time to work with institutions such as The City of Liverpool College to support their students, as we need talented young people to step into my shoes when it is their turn to achieve their very own Michelin star.
“This is an invaluable learning opportunity for these students, as not every chef is lucky enough to work a 30-person service to Michelin star standards at such a young age.”
Elaine Bowker, principal of The City of Liverpool College, said:
“On behalf of the staff and students at City of Liverpool College, I would like to thank Hrishikesh Desai for devoting his time and energy to supporting our students. To be able to provide a learning opportunity like this is something we pride ourselves on, and we hope our students have gained a wealth of skills, as well as an appreciation of the array of opportunities available to them in the visitor economy.
“The City Region’s visitor economy generates £4.1 billion and plays a vital part in the City Region’s economy, with massive potential and opportunity for the next generation. It is one of this country's strongest performing sectors, but despite this, we know that careers in hospitality and tourism are traditionally not seen as desirable.
“At The City of Liverpool College, we understand first hand that there is a huge amount of talent in this city which, with the right support, has the potential to thrive in this sector. This is incredibly important for our economy, not just locally, but nationally.
“By working with the Liverpool LEP to host these inspiring events during Visitor Economy Week, we hope to raise the profile of the sector and, using our expertise, business connections and varied qualification offerings, enhance its perception as a progressive career choice.”