The Hospitality and Catering school at Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management in Montpellier, France, have formed a partnership under the Eramus Plus project.

The Lycee George-Freche recently sent nine Hospitality and Catering students to Hastings to complete work experience in local hotel and restaurants, in partnership with Sussex Coast College Hastings.

Many prestigious establishments were involved, including the Wild Mushroom Restaurant in Westfield, The Fish Café in Rye, The Mermaid Inn in Rye, St Clements Restaurant in St. Leonards-on-Sea and Webbes Restaurant in Hastings.

During the month long placement period the students undertook a variety of food preparation and food service tasks in the restaurants, gaining a wealth of experience to coincide with their learning.

Sussex Coast College Hastings will be sending students to Montpellier next year to work in local establishments, which tutors at the college believe will give them excellent experience and improve on the skills they already possess.

Lycee George-Freche Tutor, Valérie Toutain, said, ‘The students loved their experience working in the different establishments. The teams in the kitchens and service were very nice, patient, helpful and had fun with them.’

The chefs and headwaiters were very satisfied with the students, commenting on their professionalism, passion for the job, and their joyful personalities, making them a pleasure to work with.

The students were all happy to return home and see their families, but sad to end such a wonderful experience here in Hastings.

Head of International at SCCH, Jeremy Oughton, said, ‘I am looking forward to developing a long term relationship with Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management and cannot wait to send students to Montpellier next year.’

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