Inverness College UHI has appointed a new hospitality manager who will take control of a custom-designed training kitchen and restaurant this time next year.
Stuart Stirling, who has joined the college after four years as executive chef at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness, believes the investment will revolutionise training for students taking hospitality and professional cookery courses.
He hopes to create a realistic industry environment for those learning their trade by operating a live restaurant and kitchen for students and visitors.
“As a professional chef I learned how important it is to have a good team of able colleagues to support you,” he said. “People entering the industry today must have the necessary skills as well as experience of what can be, a high pressure but exciting environment.”
Stirling said that pupils enrolling on courses over the next 12 months would have access to industry-standard catering facilities.
“From summer 2015, those training in the Highlands will be able to do so at the incredible new Inverness College UHI facility at Inverness Campus. I’ve seen the plans and I cannot wait to make the move to the new building next year,” he said.