The dates for NE1’s next Restaurant Week have been announced and a new ingredient has been added to the mix.
From Monday 19th to Sunday 25th January 2015 people will be able to dine in some of Newcastle’s finest restaurants for fixed price menus of either £10 or £15 per head with Newcastle College’s flagship Chefs’ Academy restaurant added to the seventy strong list of illustrious dining venues.
During NE1’s 9th Restaurant Week this January, chefs starting out on their catering careers will be able to showcase their talents in front of discerning customers during the week-long event. This is the first time the Chefs’ Academy has been involved, a measure of the important role Newcastle College is playing in training chefs and front of house staff who are taking positions in the rapidly growing number of newly established venues across the city and wider region.
Newcastle College is a well-respected training ground for chefs and front of house staff and has established strong industry links to ensure that the training and skills students acquire makes them career ready. Many of the students are recruited directly from the college to work in top end restaurants and hotels across the city.
Commenting on the Chefs’ Academy involvement, Andy Brown head of department at Newcastle College said:
“It’s an honour to be involved in NE1’s Restaurant Week and it will give our students the chance to step up and display their collective talents. We have worked hard to establish strong and workable industry links and I’m sure Restaurant Week customers will be impressed with the quality of the food and service delivery. It will be great exposure for the students and I’m sure a great experience for diners.”
The Restaurant Week event has grown in stature and popularity year on year since its launch with participating businesses experiencing 44% increase in trade during the week. Last January, over 25,000 people took advantage of Restaurant Week offers, which equates to over £350,000 worth of business for participating restaurants.
Newcastle’s restaurant scene is one of the city’s largest growth business sectors with more restaurants per square mile than anywhere else in the North East of England. Many entrepreneurs and restaurateurs have opened restaurants over the past three years, transforming parts of the city including Grey Street and the Quayside with homegrown talent nestled alongside national brands, collectively encouraging a wealth of new custom into the city.
For a full list of participating restaurants and offers,
and to get involved follow the hashtag, #NE1RestaurantWeek on Twitter