TV PRESENTER and novelist Prue Leith paid a visit to Orpington today.
The star dropped into London South East Colleges, where she met students and staff at the new BR6 Bakehouse. Prue was given a special tour of the Bakehouse, BR6 Restaurant and the college’s training kitchens.
The new student-led Bakehouse, which opened to the public this week, is an extension of the existing BR6 Restaurant, currently ranked number one restaurant on Trip Advisor for the local area.
An afternoon tea gave Prue the chance to sample sandwiches, scones and cakes prepared by the students.
During her tour, Leith said: “I am obsessed with proper training for the next generation of chefs and hospitality experts. In the past there has not always been enough emphasis on providing young people with the practical skills they need to prepare them for a career in the hospitality industry.
“This is why I am hugely supportive of training programmes which provide real, hands on working alongside the theory and classroom based learning. London South East Colleges’ Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College, offers its students a real taste of industry, which is exactly what FE should be doing.
“This new student-led Bakehouse is a superb training ground for young people and will certainly prepare them for careers in our industry. I wish the college and its students the very best and am certain that it will be a huge success.”
Bakehouse @ BR6 is now open Tuesday-Friday, serving light lunches, coffees, cakes and cocktails. A shop sells a range of baked goods for customers to buy.