OVER 60 guests have attended recent themed dining events by HND Hospitality students at Ayrshire College.

The final event’s theme of the mad hatter’s tea party was chosen as the students wanted to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues, supporting the ‘My Mental Health Matters’ campaign.

Guests enjoyed a four-course meal at Inver training restaurant on the Ayr Campus.

The menu was designed by the students and cooked by South Ayrshire Council school meals staff who attend the college once a week to gain a professional cookery qualification.

HND Hospitality student Vicky Newall, who comes from Ardrossan, said: “It’s been a chance to really tap into our creative side, it’s been amazing.

“We started with nothing but an idea, and now we have created a really special event. I’d like to open my own nutrition café when I finish the course.”

Praising the school meals staff, Graham Headland, Hospitality Lecturer said: “The events organised by the hospitality students have provided a realistic working environment, and they’ve really stepped out of their comfort zone.

“Collaboration with the hospitality students over menus and restaurant service has been an experience everyone has benefitted from. They’ve gained new professional cookery skills and built their personal confidence.”

Hospitality Lecturer, Pauline Scott added: “The students put a lot of effort into the events and brought together their skills and knowledge in a practical, management orientated way.

“Supported by staff, students, industry partners, family and friends, the themed evenings at Inver Restaurant on the Ayr campus have been a great success, with almost 300 guests attending over eight weeks.”