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New restaurant is named at new build

Wednesday 22nd of February 2012

Kirklees College can announce that its new training restaurant in the new Huddersfield Centre at the Waterfront Quarter will be called Landings 72.


​Jane Woodage sees the restaurant in its early stages
​Jane Woodage sees the restaurant in its early stages

A competition to find the new name was launched at the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival in August last year and attracted over 150 entries. It was won by Holmfirth resident Jane Woodage.

The new restaurant will be open to the public in the Autumn and will be run by students on catering and hospitality courses at the college.

Landings 72 will have floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Waterfront Quarter and Castle Hill and is designed to cater for up to 100 customers in a contemporary and modern setting. The restaurant will also open up onto a terrace during warmer months for an alfresco experience.

Jane Woodage researched the geography of the new restaurant to find out which of the canal landings the restaurant would have been positioned when the canal was used to ship goods. She said, “I’m really pleased to have won this competition. I checked historic plans of the area and I worked out where the college would be positioned. It looked to be between 71 and 72 and that’s where the name comes from.

“I’m already a customer at the college’s Chameleon restaurant on New North Road and we always enjoy the food and service from the students who are learning their trade. I think the new restaurant is going to be special and a really great opportunity for people to enjoy a good dining experience in unique surroundings.”

The college gave Jane a sneak preview of the restaurant as part of her prize.

The new college centre will offer around 200 full time student places on catering and hospitality courses, including Apprenticeships. There will be four training kitchens including a specialist bakery kitchen, customised with pastry ovens and extra surface-top work spaces for learning pastry and confectionary skills.

There will be two production kitchens servicing the new student refectory and Landings 72. These will be run by college staff and hospitality and catering apprentices.

Lesley Wilson is head of hospitality and catering at Kirklees College. She said, “This is a landmark moment for our department. The restaurant will provide an excellent shop window for our students’ talents and we hope it will become the eatery of choice in the town centre. We picked Jane’s restaurant name as it relates to the unique position of the college and I’m sure it will be memorable.

“All the facilities at the new building have been designed to provide a fabulous learning environment for students. This is a great opportunity for people who would like a career in the hospitality and catering industry to learn their skills in a brand new, specially designed college centre and we’re really excited by the potential.”

The college is also hoping to recruit chef ‘patrons’ in time for the move and is looking for former students of the college who are now working as chefs to act as ambassadors for the college’s catering department. Chefs who are former students of the college should contact Lorna Rees on 01484 437019.
 

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