Students get behind the scenes at trendy Sheffield restaurant

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A visit to Sheffield’s first celebrity-endorsed restaurant gave a party of students a taste of careers within the catering sector.

The group of five students from the Communication Specialist College Doncaster visited Marco’s New York Italian at West Bar Green to find out first-hand what it takes to work in the catering and hospitality sectors.

During their visit they met the restaurant’s chefs, Lee Crookes and Vicky Wainwright, who told the students about their own career journeys, before giving everyone the chance to make their own burger patties.

Peter Hendry, general manager at Marco’s New York Italian, said: “We had a great time welcoming the students from the Communication Specialist College Doncaster to the restaurant.

“They were really keen to find out about our industry and how a real restaurant works day-to-day.”

As part of Doncaster Deaf Trust, the Communication Specialist College Doncaster was founded to meet the needs of students with communication difficulties, such as hearing impairment, autism and Asperger’s.

Suzie Beaumont, work experience co-ordinator at the Communication Specialist College Doncaster, said: “It was a fantastic day visiting Marco’s, it provided our students with a real insight into the restaurant sector.

“The team made us feel really welcome and hopefully the visit sparked an interest in the industry amongst our students.”

The communication Specialist College works to meet the needs of students who are deaf or hearing impaired, and those with communication difficulties including Autism and Aspergers.

Individual learning programmes offer a unique approach to students who have specific language and communication needs, and a holistic approach to learning seeks to create opportunities for students to develop their talents to the full in a ‘Total Communication’ environment.