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West Suffolk College restaurant scoops highest AA college accolade

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Edmunds Restaurant, in West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds, has received a top award for its exemplary standards and training.

The AA has awarded the restaurant its college level two ‘Highly Commended’ rosette, which is the highest accreditation it hands out to college restaurants.

The report from the AA praises the genuine restaurant atmosphere, outstanding learning environment, strong industry links and an excellent grasp of commercial sense.

Mike Mulvihill, front centre, with the AA ‘highly Commended’ award given to Edmunds Restaurant
Mike Mulvihill, front centre, with the AA ‘highly Commended’ award given to Edmunds Restaurant

Mike Mulvihill, director of service industries at the college, said: “West Suffolk College is committed to excellence, in enabling young people to transition into an adult life self-confidently and optimistically engaged with society, gainfully employed and with broad life skills to benefit themselves and the community. Edmunds is proud to be part of this mission.”

It was also noted that Edmunds proved it could compete at the most ambitious level, with a clear brand, outstanding instructors and highly polished levels of service.

Dr Nikos Savvas, principal at the college, said the award given to the restaurant echoed the core objectives of the whole college in offering outstanding education to all its students.

He said: “This is an extraordinary achievement and extremely well deserved. Under Mike’s excellent leadership, Edmunds has gone from a good college training restaurant, to an exemplar and outstanding one.

“I’m so very proud of him and all his team for working so hard to deliver excellence in education in Culinary Arts. Edmunds offers the perfect training environment for the hospitality and culinary stars of the future.”

The AA college rosette scheme was developed by People 1st with AA Hotel Services, which has judged restaurants for 100 years.

Catering College Rosette Awards recognise college restaurants for food quality and the level of service they deliver, with only a few achieving the level two rosette.

West Suffolk College is in the top five per cent of Further Education colleges in the UK for 16-18 year-olds with Level 3 student achievement and is five per cent above the national average for results.

It is also one of the country’s leading apprenticeship providers, with achievement rates above the national average.