Cornwall College revamps training kitchens

Cornwall College this week cut the ribbon on a new multimillion pound training restaurant and kitchen operation at its campus in Camborne.

Renowned chefs Pierre Koffmann and Nathan Outlaw were present to officially open the new Trevenson Restaurant following a major refurbishment of the catering facilities.

The new kitchen set-up was designed by Rotherham-based HK Projects, with installation and procurement carried out by Exeter-based catering equipment and refrigeration distributor Bartlett.

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More than £3m was spent developing the new facilities, which will give more than 200 catering students the opportunity to learn and train in a professional environment.

Stuart Mathieson, head of hospitality, tourism and events at Cornwall College Camborne, told Catering Insight the re-fit has seen the cooking facilities completely modernised.

“The redesign of the restaurant and kitchens really brings the faculty up to date,” he said. “All of our previous equipment had been gas so we wanted to bring electricity into the equation and specifically induction.”

The training kitchen is based around two large Rosinox island suites, specified to the college’s requirements.

“The suites are really the focal point of the kitchen and restaurant,” said Mathieson. “The restaurant will now be able to cook to order, so we have actually changed the concept of it from what it was previously. We wanted bespoke suites rather than a bolt-together suite, and we are really pleased with the outcome.”

The project also saw the installation of three new Rational ovens, adding to the six or so units that it already has in place.

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