Students from Lowestoft and Beccles sample life working for top chef Tom Kerridge

Dominic Lee with Tom Kerridge at Hand and Flowers restaurant in Marlow. Picture: Courtesy of East Co

Dominic Lee with Tom Kerridge at Hand and Flowers restaurant in Marlow. Picture: Courtesy of East Coast College. - Credit: Archant

Two East Coast College catering students have returned from the opportunity of a lifetime after undertaking a work experience placement at the highly-regarded Hand and Flowers restaurant in Marlow.

Dominic Lee with Tom Kerridge at Hand and Flowers restaurant in Marlow. Picture: Courtesy of East Co

Dominic Lee with Tom Kerridge at Hand and Flowers restaurant in Marlow. Picture: Courtesy of East Coast College. - Credit: Archant

Dominic Lee, from Beccles, and Britney Stannard, from Lowestoft, both 18, are students on the level two professional cookery course at the college's Lowestoft campus.

They undertook the week-long placement in April, and Dominic has now been offered employment for when he finishes his course.

The Hand and Flowers is unique in that it is the only 'pub' in the world that holds two Michelin stars.

The chef patron, Tom Kerridge, set up the pub in 2005 with his wife Beth. One year later it was awarded one star in the Michelin Guide before being awarded another in 2012; a position it has held since.


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Nick Barrett, chef lecturer at the Lowestoft campus, said: 'This is the fifth year in succession we have placed students at the Hand and Flowers and it gets better every year, for the first time we have placed two students at the same time.

'Both students had an amazing experience, they worked long and hard and it proved well worth it, as Tom Kerridge has offered Dominic a position for when he completes his studies at Lowestoft.'

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During the course of the week Dominic and Britney worked long hours helping to serve and prepare meals they had never seen before in the busy restaurant; they were also privileged enough to meet Mr Kerridge and discuss the industry with him. They marked the end of their week with a complimentary dinner in the restaurant.

Work experience opportunities are an integral part of each student's study programme at East Coast College. They college believes that they are key in improving employability whilst also offering students the opportunity to make contacts, perfect their skills and learn more about the industry they plan to work in.

East Coast College currently works with over 1,000 employers and supports students from across Norfolk and Suffolk in turning their passion into their profession.

To find out more visit www.eastcoast.ac.uk

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