Letter: In praise of New College Stamford


“Oh what a night it was . . . it really was” for the 50 lucky people who were invited to “Dine with a Difference” at New College Stamford.

The young catering students provided a night of sheer excellence competing easily with the food provided by top London restaurants.

Those serving the food did so with quiet efficiency and obvious pride in what they were serving.

Their use of Fairtrade and local produce was an example to all local restauranteurs, who need look no further than the college for quality staff.

After the meal, attended by representatives of many other local groups, including the mayor Brian Sumner and mayoress, his wife, Brenda, the seven trainee chefs were brought out by their tutor Phil Mathews to receive the rapturous applause of the guests.

A well-deserved appreciation for a great evening.

The courses comprised canapes, poached haddock fillet, fruit sorbet, pork assiette, (vegetarian’s choice marinated tofu), chocolate parfait, tea - coffee and petit fours.

So much to savour but served in quantities to leave the guests satisfied yet not struggling to finish.

The event was organised by the Stamford Fairtrade Town group and the added bonus is that they have raised in the region of £1,000 to go to the Stamford Foodbank and Labour behind the label, the pressure group that has backed and supported the Fairtrade Town group’s The Right Label project?’).

George Hetherington

Kettering Road, Stamford