Sweet taste of success at five-star dinner for alumni community

Students work with noted chef

A sumptuous dinner created by students under the guidance of a Michelin-starred chef was enjoyed by guests at the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism’s (LGCHT) fifth annual alumni dinner.

Noted restaurateur Andreas Antona - himself a LGCHT graduate – and his team from Simpsons Restaurant in Birmingham, oversaw the creation of an outstanding four-course meal for former students, current and former staff members at the celebratory event in the University's awarding-winning Pillars Restaurant.

Among the guests was Laurence Geller CBE, the Chancellor of the University of West London, after whom the College was named in 2011. The Chancellor - who is a LGCHT alumnus - and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter John delivered speeches, as did Andreas, who spoke movingly about his own experience of studying at the College and how it prepared him for his successful career, which has spanned several countries and has seen him win multiple awards.

The evening was an opportunity for members of LGCHT's valued alumni community to renew acquaintances and was also part of a year-long series of events marking the 70th anniversary of the College’s foundation.

Nicola Conway, Alumni Relations Manager, said: ‘This was a fabulous evening at which we celebrated the invaluable contribution our alumni make to the University’s success and to our thriving community. Chef Andreas Antona and his team inspired our Culinary Arts students, who learned so much by working under the direction of a Michelin-starred expert practitioner. 

‘We are thankful to our Alumni and friends for their continued support.’

(l-r) Prof. Peter John, UWL Vice-Chancellor, chef Andreas Antona and Laurence Geller CBE, Chancellor of UWL

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