A winning mentality from The Brasserie

It’s not only ‘traditional’ businesses that enter, get nominated and ultimately win … you don’t have to have 200+ employees, big offices, a pension plan and a watercooler. Sometimes the most ‘untraditional’ of businesses can win big at the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards.

Last year, the Hospitality Category was won by The Brasserie restaurant. So far it doesn’t sound too different, but when you discover that it is a college restaurant run by student chefs – the achievement is pretty outstanding.

We spoke to Sarah King, restaurant manager, about what winning in 2016 meant to the team, “Winning the Hospitality category at last year’s awards was a great honour, both for the team behind The Brasserie and also MK College more generally.”

“To be recognised outside of the education world and up against professional, commercial businesses gave all of us – staff and students – an incredible boost. It really made us feel as though our hard work and commitment to The Brasserie had been recognised by a wide audience in Milton Keynes.

The restaurant has been running at the college for many years, but around 3 years ago it underwent a makeover and transformed from a typical college training restaurant, serving a daily fixed price menu, to a commercial restaurant using modern techniques and flavours and offering an a la carte menu.  This gives students studying there a true reflection of what real working life in the hospitality industry would be like.

Sarah continued, “Our number one focus at The Brasserie is ensuring that our students are provided with all the skills they need for long and successful careers in the hospitality industry; winning the MKBAA award last year acted as a brilliant mark of recognition for the standards that we are trying to teach the learners in respect of this.”

Since winning at MKBAA the restaurant has also gone on to be awarded an AA College Rosette for 2016 and is rated as a Centre of Excellence on TripAdvisor plus now has Gold Accreditation with People 1st. As well as the restaurant, The Brasserie also caters for a wide range of private events both internally and externally. All events can be tailor-made to requirements and previously they have catered for business breakfasts, meetings, afternoon tea and even Royalty! We’re sure there are even bigger and better things to come from this ever-evolving and hugely talented group of students.