Student restaurant is top of class
Inspectors from the Automobile Association gave the college's Riverside Restaurant their highest college hospitality rosette - "Highly Commended".
The restaurant, which is run by the students and their lecturers, was praised by AA inspectors for the students' positive, professional service and a consistent, precise and professional quality of food.
Inspectors described the restaurant as "An exceptional training facility that would be the envy of many professional operations."
The Riverside is now one of only two organisations in the whole of Greater Manchester to have been awarded the "Highly Commended" certification.
Sisters Beverley-Anne Smith and Jane Smith, who both study Professional Cookery at the college's restaurant, expressed great pride in their team's achievement.
"I am really pleased inspectors judged us to be good enough for their highest college award." said Jane, "Having people who travel around hundreds of other restaurants pick out our work place as something special means a lot."
Beverley-Anne was similarly pleased with the picture the award helps paint of her team's restaurant,
"I know some people who just see the restaurant as a student thing or something less professional, so I hope us gaining awards likes this helps show people what level we work at.
"For inspectors to say our restaurant would be the envy of many professional operations shows how high we set the bar here".
The award is run in association with People 1st, who also rate the college's teaching ability. The Riverside also walked away with high praise here, being given a Gold rating.
"I'm really happy for all the staff and students here" said Hopwood Hall Catering and Hospitality Lecturer, Joanne Ashton.
"Everyday I see them working their hardest to make our customers' day and to further their own skills.
"We believe we are as good as and better than many of the dedicated commercial organisations in the area and this award justifies that belief."