Brooksby Melton College’s rural catering centre opens to public as multi-million pound facilities at new look Melton campus are officially opened

College principal Chris Ball, chair of governors David Irving and successful actor Adrian Scarborough, a former student of the college and current patron of the Melton campus, are pictured here with members of the college's Fly Dance company who performed at the official opening event EMN-150929-164006001
College principal Chris Ball, chair of governors David Irving and successful actor Adrian Scarborough, a former student of the college and current patron of the Melton campus, are pictured here with members of the college's Fly Dance company who performed at the official opening event EMN-150929-164006001
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A new rural catering centre helping Brooksby Melton College students to sharpen up their cooking and hospitality skills has opened to the public.

Invited guests got their first taste of what the centre has to offer at the official opening of the college’s new look Melton campus (creative and service industries campus) last Wednesday.

The centre, which opened to the public for the first time on Friday, forms part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the college’s facilities, with about £8-9m invested in its Melton campus alone.

Melton-born actor Adrian Scarborough, a former student and current patron of the Melton campus, officially unveiled its new facilities, following a special performance by the college’s Fly Dance Company. His plaque unveiling was followed by a buffet lunch in the catering centre prepared and hosted by hospitality and catering students.

As well as the impressive rural catering centre, the new-look creative and service industries campus has provided students with brand new fully IT-equipped teaching spaces, rehearsal and performance studios, a green screen infinity wall, new hair and beauty salons, a new and improved learning resource centre and specialist facilities for students with disabilities and learning difficulties.

Principal Chris Ball said: “There’s been a total remodelling of the campus. The facilities we have now compare with the best in the country.”

Mr Scarborough added: “I’ve been to a lot of London drama schools over the last five or 10 years and their facilities are nothing like as good as they are here. I’m completely and utterly blown away.”

Rachel Roy, programme team manager for caterinhg and hospitality, said: “Half of the centre is set up like a cafe , with the other half set out for sit down dining.

“We had quite a few people in on Friday and again on Tuesday, our second day of public opening. People can just walk in and we’re also taking bookings. It’s going to take a while for word to get around and for people to know what we are and what we offer.

“Our students using the centre will gain qualifications in hospitality as well as catering. We want to prepare them for going into the industry and ensure they’re work ready.”

For more about the rural catering centre, which is situated on the corner of Asfordby Road and Wilton Road, call (01664) 855305, email ruralcateringcentre@brooksbymelton.ac.uk or visit http://www.brooksbymelton.ac.uk/commercial/rural-catering-centre/