Cardiff Metropolitan University hosted a special food industry event last night in partnership with the five star St. David's Hotel & Spa.
The St. David's Hotel's head chef, Dominic Powell, managed the Industry-education engagement dinner at the university's Llandaff campus, guiding a group of 20 first year BA (Hons) International hospitality management students in delivering a first class 3 course dinner to almost 50 industry guests. He was assisted by the hotel's recently appointed pastry chef along with other members of his team.
The annual dinner is now in its 2nd year and aims to celebrate the numerous successful working partnerships Cardiff Metropolitan University has forged with tourism, events and hospitality businesses of all sizes across South Wales. The event highlights the importance of such links for students and their future careers in the tourism, hospitality and events industry and offers a thank you to all school teachers, college lecturers and industry figures who contribute throughout the year to the industry-employment advisory panel.
Professor Conrad Lashley from the Stenden Hotel Management School, Leeuwarden was invited as a guest speaker and offered his views on the benefits of industry-education links and the importance of this for graduate employability.
Dominic Powell, head chef of the St David's Hotel said, "I was delighted to be asked to host this prestigious industry event at Cardiff Metropolitan University. It is great to see so many businesses from across the hospitality sector, coming together with teaching staff from colleges and universities, who are guiding the next generation of industry talent. It is so important that there is joined up thinking between the place of training and the place of work.
"As the only 5 star hotel in Cardiff, we are passionate about sharing our skills and standards with the local community and it's always inspiring to work with young people who have a passion for food and are eager to learn more about the industry in order to deliver professional standards."
Andy Roberts, Hospitality programme director at Cardiff Metropolitan University said: "We pride ourselves on having excellent industry links across all of our courses and feel that nurturing employment-ready graduates is key a factor of our success. We place employability at the heart of all of our hospitality programmes and understanding both the requirements of and the challenges facing the industry is vital.
"Our courses include industry placements, guest speakers and live projects with industry professionals in the workplace. We are very grateful to all of the businesses and school teachers who work in partnership with our academic staff to offer this wonderful blend of theoretical and practical experience. Last night was a great success and a perfect way to say thank you.
"Our first year students were delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside the executive chef of the St. David's hotel and Spa and they did a fantastic job, under the guidance of Dominic, in delivering a challenging, meticulously presented 3 course menu to all guests."
General Manager of the St.David's Hotel and Spa, Andreas Maszczyk added: "We are always keen to work in partnership with organisations within our local community. We have forged a number of strong links this year including our year-long fundraising programme with Welsh cancer charity Tenovus, various projects with local schools and our industry-education link with Cardiff Metropolitan University.
"As a business, we can offer value to, and gain insight from the work of educational institutions and I am confident that we will continue to develop our relationship with Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2015."