Revamped Silk Room helps give students hands-on experience
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