For the fourth year running Shrewsbury Colleges Group restaurant, Origins, has secured a Highly Commended Rosette Award from the AA College Rosettes Scheme for the highest accolade it can achieve.

The College restaurant first gained the award in 2016 and no other College restaurant in Shropshire has one.


Two students wearing chef’s whites and aprons preparing food next to catering teacher.

The AA College Rosette Scheme has been designed to reflect current industry trends within realistic working environments. It recognises a restaurant with a clear commitment to students and the industry, where food is prepared and served with care and understanding to a standard which stands out in the local area. Furthermore, restaurants have to demonstrate that they are completely commercially viable and there are clear links with the industry locally.

The AA Inspector came to Origins restaurant in May and was looking for a high standard of food and service.

Origins received this rosette because ‘Good initial approach on arrival with pleasantries exchanged and smiles’ and ‘it was pleasing to learn of the active role the College takes in the local food festival…. Connections with local restaurants and hotels continues to impress and master-classes were again positive to note, as too was the participation in national competitions and engagement with other colleges’, as noted in the inspector’s final report.

Dan Gibbons, Chef Lecturer, said: “I am totally thrilled that we have been awarded the Highly Commended AA College Rosette for the fourth year in a row. It is a testament to all the hard work the students and staff put in. To be recognised as a college restaurant that mirrors a realistic hospitality environment whilst teaching students to such a high standard is a great achievement.”

Origins, which opened in 2014, is a state-of-the-art training facility for Hospitality & Catering students. It gives students the opportunity to work in a professional environment and stay ahead of industry trends. Students are led by qualified, experienced chefs and front-of-house professionals, and learn about the principles of cookery, flavours, food service and complimentary wines among other things.

Not only has Origins Restaurant been recognised as a brilliant establishment by the AA, but they have recently gained the highly coveted People First Choice Award.

To find out more about courses at Shrewsbury Colleges Group call 01743 342333

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