A leading Cornish college is celebrating as not just one, but both its training restaurants have been shortlisted for a national award of excellence.

Only three UK restaurants made it to the final round of the prestigious AA College Restaurant of the Year competition, with Truro and Penwith College scooping two final places.

The students and staff from Senara Restaurant at Penwith College in Penzance and Spires Restaurant at Truro College received the news during a day-long competition held at The Grand Hotel, Birmingham.

Having both restaurants make the final is the icing on the cake for the college. Associate director for occupational studies at Truro and Penwith College, David Izzard, said: “This is not just a triumph of hospitality excellence, but a beacon of inspiration for our learners.”

Along with hopeful future chefs and hospitality trainees from across the country, the talented students from across Cornwall decorated cakes, participated in a barista masterclass, before presenting their inspiring original ideas on how to attract and retain future staff in the hospitality sector to a judging panel of industry experts.

Senara was crowned College Restaurant of the Year 2022 but it’s the first national final for Spires.

All eyes will now be on the glitzy awards dinner at the Grosvenor House London on September 23, to see who is served up the ultimate winning title of the best college restaurant in the country.