Catering students at City of Wolverhampton College are gearing up for a busy few weeks as they prepare to cook more than 600 Christmas meals and turn out dozens of mince pies and Christmas cakes.

From today, students studying for cookery and hospitality qualifications will be serving dishing up tasty traditional three-course lunches and evening meals in the college’s Academy training restaurant, whilst bakery students will be producing over 200 mince pies and 50 Christmas cakes to meet customer orders.

The Christmas menu costs £14.95 per person and will be served at lunchtimes from Tuesday to Friday, as well as Thursday evenings, until December 17.  Freshly made mince pies are on sale at £1 for six and traditional Christmas cakes topped with marzipan and white royal icing cost £6.99.

Heath Arnfield, curriculum manager for catering at the college, said: “Once again our Christmas meals have proved extremely popular, with some people booking as far back as May to be sure to get a table, and orders for cakes and mince pies have been flooding in.

“Whilst it will be a very busy few weeks for the students, it will be a great opportunity for them to gain experience of working in a busy commercial restaurant and bakery which will stand them in good stead for their future careers in the industry.”

Meals will be cooked and served by students working towards Level 2 and 3 diplomas in professional cookery and food and beverage service, whilst the mince pies and cakes will be made by those studying for Level 2 and 3 diplomas in professional bakery skills.

A limited number of tables are still available for Christmas meals – to book call 01902 821431.

For details of hospitality and catering courses offered by the college visit

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