Bristol culinary students turned up the heat last week, when they teamed up with top-class chefs from Helping Hands and Pans to learn a few the tricks of the trade at a charity dinner in aid of Jessie May.

Hosted at the college’s City Restaurant on Anchor Road, over 60 people were able to experience a mouth-watering four course culinary extravaganza, and raised an incredible £4,029.89 on the night!

Chris Roys, Chief Executive of Jessie May commented: “Jessie May is very grateful to everyone who made this event such a success. Every guest was treated to an incredible culinary experience over four impressive courses. It was a privilege to welcome the Helping Hands and Pans team from Padstow and Marlborough to Bristol for one night only.

City Restaurant at City of Bristol College offered the most perfect location for this event and the evening could not have been a success if it wasn’t for all the students’ hard work and the proffessional 66Chef’s team’s skills, knowledge and experience. A truly collaborative event.”

The students from City of Bristol College were able to put their skills to the test under the watchful eyes of some of the country’s most high-profile chefs, as well as develop their front-of-house skills, managing and waiting on some very hungry guests!

Alexandra Sermon, Assistant Principal – Further and Higher Education at City of Bristol College, added: “At City of Bristol College we pride ourselves on equipping our students with skills which will prepare them for working life. Through this event, they’ve not only been able to continue developing their culinary skills but also worked under supervision of a team of professional chefs, experiencing the pressures of a real commercial kitchen.

Supporting the charity event with Jessie May has also helped us to make a positive contribution in developing our students’ character and becoming active citizens of our society. They’ve really enjoyed all aspects of this special experience.”

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone from City of Bristol College, Helping Hands and Pans for a fantastic foodie night – hats off to you all!