Catering equipment engineers from Maidenhead-based McFarlane Telfer were treated to a royal meeting at the Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) specialist kitchen facilities the company recently outfitted.
The Duke of York, Prince Andrew officially opened the new training kitchen at the beginning of February.
He was shown the custom designed equipment, donated to the college by McFarlane Telfer, as it was being used by foundation studies catering pupils.
The maintenance firm holds a royal warrant, having served the royal household for a number of years.
Fellow royal warrant holders, Howden Joinery, supplied the kitchen and the McFarlane Telfer team fitted and installed it at Berkshire College of Agriculture to provide a learning facility for youngsters hoping to work in the catering industry.
The facilities, worth about £50,000, were installed in September and include a Comenda dishwasher, Blizzard fridges, a convection oven and induction hob from Pentland Wholesale, IMC potato rumbler and stainless fabrication from KD Fabrication.
McFarlane Telfer MD, Chris Craggs, commented: “McFT has been an active member of the community in Maidenhead and Windsor for nearly 25 years, providing practical help for causes from nurseries to hospices.
“So we were delighted to be approached by long-term customer, BCA to help with a project which could leverage our expertise and resources – as well as the goodwill and hard work of our volunteer team – to deliver a kitchen which could offer local young people the possibility of training for employment in the catering industry.
“To be able to work on this project alongside fellow royal warrant holders has been a double bonus – and we are hugely grateful and honoured to have HRH the Duke of York officially open this facility.”