Students at Bath College served top industry professionals at a charity polo day raising over £50,000 for Hospitality Action.
Seven award-winning chefs from the South West came together for the event in September at Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire.
The event, which sold out in record time, was catered for by:
• Richard Davies, Calcot
• André Garrett, Cliveden House
• Robby Jenks, The Vineyard
• Hywel Jones, Lucknam Park
• Niall Keating, Whatley Manor
• Rob Potter, The Manor House
• Tom Jenkins, Abbey Hotel
Well-known industry figures, including William Baxter CBE, Harry Murray MBE Chairman of Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa and Philip de Ternant Managing Director of Creed Foodservice, attended the event.
Hospitality and catering students from Bath College acted as front of house staff alongside service professionals from the Abbey Hotel, Barnsley House, Calcot, Cliveden House, Lucknam Park, The Manor House, The Painswick, The Pig and The Vineyard.
Guests enjoyed a Tattinger Champagne and canapé reception, before the final of the Sidebottom Cup. Afterwards, they tucked in to a three-course lunch, which included roast belly and cider braised cheek of Wiltshire pork, sage and caramelised onion risotto, tender stem broccoli and Brillat Savarin cheesecake.
Hospitality Action offers assistance to those who work, or have worked, within hospitality in the UK and find themselves in a crisis.
Hywel Jones, Executive Chef at Lucknam Park Hotel, said: “I am proud to have been involved with this event for a number of years now.
“This year, as we celebrate Hospitality Action’s 180th birthday, it felt even more special than normal. I was joined by some fantastic chefs – and I’m sure they’ll agree we were lucky enough to work with some great ingredients, provided by Walter Rose and Sons butchers, Total Produce and Flying Fish Seafoods. It’s great to see so much generosity and support for such a worthwhile cause.”
Andrew Foulkes, General Manager of the Abbey Hotel, Bath, and Hospitality Action South West Board Member said: “I used to attend this event as a guest, but in recent years I jumped at the chance to help organise it.
“The Polo Day exemplifies everything I love about the industry and it is great to see everyone pull together to ensure its continued success. Yet again tickets sold out almost instantly which is a true testament to the hard work everyone puts in.”