Sussex dignitaries past and present met at Central Sussex College for their annual festive celebration. The group, made up of past and current chairmen and mayors have a different venue each year. The Mayor of Crawley, Cllr Bob Burgess, and his wife Cllr Brenda Burgess chose the college’s training restaurant, Le Cordon Vert.
Guests were welcomed by choirs from St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic School in Southgate after cookery studetn prepared a three course meal.
Ellis Staunton, 17, from Tilgate, was excited to be working at the event. He said: “Events like this help give us a taste of what we can achieve in the future within this industry.
“I don’t feel nervous, but I definitely feel like I have a lot of responsibility today as this is the biggest occasion we’ve done.
“Today we served a really nice menu, with a choice of four starters, four mains and three desserts, so it’s been quite tricky to get all the timings right.
“We’ve also been selling handmade sweets and Christmas cookies, as well as encouraging people to leave a review on Trip Advisor for Le Cordon Vert.”
Mayor Cllr Burgess said: “This occasion provided an opportunity to showcase the work of the College in providing an excellent training ground for both chefs and others wanting to work in the hospitality industry.
“The feedback I received from the visiting Mayors and Past Mayors was only positive. Everyone enjoyed both the food and the relaxed yet professional atmosphere within the restaurant.
“Le Cordon Vert has over many years had a tradition for providing first class catering. This was once again in evidence.”