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Wirral Met College Students Shine in Hospitality ‘Take-over’ at the Devonshire Fell Hotel

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Culinary Arts and Hospitality students from Wirral Met College showcased their skills and professionalism during a two-day ‘take over’ of the Devonshire Fell Hotel in Burnsall. The collaborative initiative aimed to provide students with hands-on industry experience and was hailed a success by both the hosting hotel and its customers.

Under the guidance of hotel staff, the students took on various roles, including table service, kitchen duties and bar service. Their successful integration into the hotel’s daily operations provided guests with a memorable hospitality experience and also offered students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a real-world setting.

Prior to the take-over students participated in an exciting cook-off competition held at Wirral Met to determine the menus on offer. The competition was overseen and judged by representatives from Devonshire Fell Hotel.

Gill Banks, Principal & CEO at Wirral Met College stated:

“We’d like to express our sincere appreciation to the Devonshire Fell Hotel for providing our students with this invaluable opportunity to gain practical skills and experience within a such a well-regarded establishment.”

“This initiative exemplifies Wirral Met College’s commitment to preparing out students for success in their chosen industry and we are very grateful to businesses like the Devonshire Fell who help to make this possible.”

By showcasing the talent of Wirral Met College students, this partnership between the Devonshire Fell Hotel and Wirral Met aims to raise awareness of the diverse career opportunities within the industry and inspire future generations to pursue careers in hospitality.

Richard Palmer, Managing Director of Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants added:

“We are proud to partner with local colleges to offer students such a unique hands-on learning experience.

“The whole team at the Devonshire Fell Hotel have really enjoyed providing valuable on the job training and sharing their knowledge and experience. The students did an incredible job and the feedback we received from our guests was a real testament to all their hard work.

“I hope that the experience will empower the students to embrace all that a career in the hospitality industry has to offer.”

In addition to their takeover of the Devonshire Fell Hotel, Wirral Met College students regularly hone their skills through practical experience at the college’s Met at the Square restaurant. Open to the public every Thursday evening, this culinary showcase provides students with further opportunities to refine their culinary techniques, showcase their creativity, and deliver exceptional service to members of the public.

To find out more about studying Culinary Arts and Hospitality courses at Wirral Met or to make a reservation at Met at The Square visit:

To find out about future college ‘take-overs’ at the Devonshire Fell visit here.

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