Re­vamped Silk Room helps give stu­dents hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

IT’S been a busy term for Mac­cles­field Col­lege which re-launched its restau­rant and wel­comed pro­fes­sional bar­bers for an in­ter­na­tional demonstration.

The Silk Room Restau­rant, which gives the col­lege’s ca­ter­ing and hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents first hand ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing in a restau­rant, has been re-styled so stu­dents can fur­ther hone their culi­nary skills.

Along with new dé­cor in the din­ing area and fur­nish­ing sup­plied by Arighi Bianchi, the restau­rant now boasts a gallery ex­hi­bi­tion area run by the col­lege’s BTEC Hos­pi­tal­ity and Event Man­age­ment stu­dents which will show­case the work of lo­cal artists through­out the year.

The stu­dents set up the gallery space and or­gan­ised the launch party as part of their course, sourc­ing lo­cal pro­duce and sup­pli­ers for all the event’s food and drink.

The ex­hi­bi­tion kicks off with a col­lec­tion of beau­ti­fully crafted work by For Me & For You De­signs.

Rachel Kay, Mac­cles­field Col­lege prin­ci­pal, said: “I am very ex­cited to launch our newly styled Silk Room Restau­rant and gallery ex­hi­bi­tion area.

“We have an ex­cel­lent offering here with a so­phis­ti­cated, new din­ing area and art space, run by fan­tas­tic stu­dents and staff serv­ing a top-class gourmet menu.

“This in­vest­ment in the restau­rant demon­strates our strong com­mit­ment to pre­pare young peo­ple for the world of work, to boost lo­cal skills and the re­gional econ­omy, as well as sup­port­ing lo­cal artists and offering the wider com­mu­nity an out­stand­ing venue for din­ing and events.”

A por­tion of pro­ceeds raised on the evening are to be do­nated to the Movem­ber Foun­da­tion which promotes male health and prostate can­cer re­search.

The Silk Room also hosted Bar­bers Gary Machin, chair­man of the Bar­ber Coun­cil, and Erik Lan­der, In­ter­na­tional Bar­ber­ing Ed­u­ca­tor, who demon­strated at an event or­gan­ised by the Bar­ber Coun­cil.

One of eight held across the coun­try, it fea­tured live demon­stra­tions in male groom­ing from top ex­perts and was broad­cast across the world via Periscope, Twit­ter’s live-stream­ing video app.

Along with the au­di­ence in the room, peo­ple tuned in around the globe from coun­tries such as the USA, Rus­sia and Aus­tralia, to see the two on-stage ex­perts run through a se­ries of live bar­ber­ing demon­stra­tions in shav­ing, cut­ting and fin­ish­ing.

Any­one wish­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the new-look Silk Room Restau­rant for them­selves, or to view the cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion of art­work by For Me & For You De­signs, should con­tact 01625 410016 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the restau­rant and cour­ses on of­fer.

To ex­hibit email gallery­atthe­silk­room@ gmail.com.

●● Ca­ter­ing stu­dents worked to­gether to launch the re-styled Silk Room Restau­rant at the col­lege

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