Gallery Restaurant serves up top tourism award for seconds

Paul Cunningham

Gallery Restaurant serves up top tourism award for seconds

Forth Valley College’s Gallery training restaurant has been awarded VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best accreditation for a second year.

In 2018 the Gallery became the first college training restaurant to be awarded the prestigious award and has further enhanced its reputation by successfully passing a visit by an unannounced secret diner, who critiqued all aspects of the dining experience.

Based at the college’s Stirling campus, the restaurant is operated by students in various roles while being supervised by the college’s hospitality team. It is open to the public but as well as preparing quality dishes for its customers, its main priority is to prepare the next generation of chefs and front of house staff for professional life by demanding high standards in a real-life setting.

Students cooking and serving at the restaurant work towards a range of qualifications from City and Guilds to HND level.

Paul Cunningham, a Lecturer in Forth Valley College’s Department of Creative Industries, Hospitality and Tourism, who was on duty on the night of the secret diner visit, said: “We are delighted to have achieved this award for the second year running, highlighting the high standards of both food and service within the Gallery Restaurant.  All of our learners have worked hard to achieve this accolade and we hope that this recognition will continue our success in the future.”

Diane Creed, Director of FVC’s Creative Industries, Hospitality and Tourism, said: “We are honoured and delighted to once again be awarded the ‘Taste Our Best’ award. This quality assurance mark gives recognition to restaurants which offer a great choice of quality food while promoting Scottish produce and the best aspects of our tourist and hospitality industries - and this complements perfectly with what we strive to do through our Making Learning Work ethos.

“This award is a great endorsement of the high standards that we strive for each day. To have VisitScotland’s approval through the Taste Our Best award, will no doubt inspire our talented and hardworking staff and current and future students, to improve even further to make the Gallery Restaurant an essential destination for visitors to the City of Stirling, as well as for local people.”

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