Viva Espana at Zest restaurant

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Bringing the flavours of Spain to local residents, the newly opened Zest restaurant at Langley College held its very first theme night on Thursday (27 March 2014). From Paella to Churros, the Spanish Night saw the College's talented catering students create a delicious range of dishes inspired by classic Spanish cuisine.

Diners at the restaurant, which is now open to the public for bookings, were treated to a mouth-watering menu at a pocket-pleasing price. The menu, which was specially created by Level 3 catering student Layla Jones, offered guests a three-course meal for just £15.

Layla, who was Front of House Manager for the night while fellow student Kate Corbett was Head Chef for the evening, explains: "Spanish night was a great success, with the entire restaurant fully booked. I decided to choose Spanish as my theme because I was inspired by the wide variety of exciting dishes from the country. I'd like to be a head chef in a top restaurant one day, so this event was great experience. It taught us how to work together as a team and under pressure to get the food out on time."

Providing a real work environment for students, the Zest restaurant at Langley College is open to the public and serves a range of delicious seasonal dishes at competitive prices. All food is cooked and served by talented students under the supervision of industry-trained staff.

Langley resident Charles Campbell was one of the first diners to book at table at the restaurant for the Spanish night.

"I've been to the restaurant six times now," said Charles. "It's a great asset to Langley and better than many professional restaurants I've been to, including some fine dining ones. The Spanish dishes were very authentic. The paella was particularly good, with plenty of seafood. I enjoyed the evening so much, I've already booked a table for the French night."

Jan Lewington, a local resident and a former chef, agrees: "The food and service is excellent. The garlic prawns I ordered were simply superb. The experience the students are gaining here is much more realistic to real jobs and what is great is that you can see they are really enjoying it."

The stunning new Zest restaurant is part of East Berkshire College's new Hospitality & Catering Academy in Langley. The academy works in partnership with patrons from some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region to provide students with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

From professional cookery and food hygiene to front of house service, the new academy offers an array of full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships. The College also delivers a range of short courses including wine tasting, Italian cookery and cake decorating.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range of Hospitality & Catering courses, call 0845 373 2500 or click here.

The Zest restaurant at Langley College is open Thursday evenings and Tuesday to Thursday lunchtimes in term time only. For more information on Zest restaurant or to book a table, please click here or call 01753 793344.

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