Students cook up feast for Burns Night

The piper is called John Silvester and is a former student who performed on the night.' 'The second pic is a group shot of them all, the two guys quoted are sat at the front.  Stephen Haigh is second left and James Haggerty is second right in the glasses, tie and waistcoat.'burns night yorkshire coast college
The piper is called John Silvester and is a former student who performed on the night.' 'The second pic is a group shot of them all, the two guys quoted are sat at the front. Stephen Haigh is second left and James Haggerty is second right in the glasses, tie and waistcoat.'burns night yorkshire coast college

IT was a right “braw bricht moonlit night” for students and guests after a Scarborough college held two successful Burns Night celebrations.

The Hospitality team at Yorkshire Coast College welcomed more than 60 customers to the campus’ Fledglings restaurant for a traditional Scottish feast of haggis, neeps and tatties to mark the famous bard Robert Burns.

burns night yorkshire coast college'The piper is called John Silvester and is a former student who performed on the night.' 'The second pic is a group shot of them all, the two guys quoted are sat at the front.  Stephen Haigh is second left and James Haggerty is second right in the glasses, tie and waistcoat.

burns night yorkshire coast college'The piper is called John Silvester and is a former student who performed on the night.' 'The second pic is a group shot of them all, the two guys quoted are sat at the front. Stephen Haigh is second left and James Haggerty is second right in the glasses, tie and waistcoat.

The evening was designed to test the students culinary and serving skills as they work towards their next qualifications, and saw them decide their own menu, source their ingredients and market the evenings.

Featuring a performance from bagpiper John Silvester, who is a former college student, the evening saw the age old tradition of addressing the haggis before a four course meal was served.

Head chef Stephen Haigh, 17, said the evening had provided him and the team with great experience.

He said: “It was great for us to do this and understand how to plan and prepare for an evening. I learned so much about running a kitchen and the different parts of that and how to organise a team too.”

Head waiter James Haggerty, also 17, added: “I’m very proud of what we have all achieved.

“We were hoping for full nights and both evenings were very well attended so that was great.

“It has really helped us gain some more experience and will definitely benefit us in the future.”

Peter Steel, the college’s head of school for hospitality, hair and beauty therapy, said the evenings would stand the students in good stead for their future careers.

He added: “This really prepares them for the world of work and to get the opportunity to run a restaurant from either front of house or from the kitchen is fantastic.

“This just shows the progress that they have made from the point when they first came to us at 16.”