HSDC restaurant 74 South welcomes chef from Michelin star restaurant

January 24, 2022

Students preparing meals at the guest chef event

An intriguing menu featuring crab and venison greeted customers at 74 South as a guest chef from a Michelin star restaurant cooked up a storm with HSDC students.

Past and present students from our South Downs Campus were delighted to take instruction from guest chef George Blogg, who works at Michelin star restaurant Gravetye Manor.

Ex-student Jonny Smith now works alongside George at the renowned Sussex restaurant, so he joined George in the 74 South kitchen for the evening.

A combination of loyal customers, HSDC staff and Jonny’s family were served a fantastic selection of dishes during the special event. A couple of the dishes served at the event

The evening’s menu included a variety of dishes cooked with precision, such as south coast crab, Bramley apple and coriander, followed by roe venison, mushroom, cauliflower and watercress.

Guests were even able to enjoy a selection of chocolates inspired by the Gravetye garden, from which the ingredients for George’s restaurant meals are produced.

Iain Baillie, Professional Cookery Level 3 Diploma Course Manager, said:

“Our visiting guest chefs, and there have been many over the years, have played an important role in the education of our students here at college. Not just by way of introducing our students to new and exciting work placements and employment opportunities, but also as a way of observing the very latest industry trends and raising the profile of our college restaurant.

“Feedback from all our guests and students was absolutely fantastic, as was the food. George has such a wonderful and encouraging manner with the students, who I am absolutely certain will remember the day that George Blogg and Gravetye Manor came to their college for many years to come.”

Multicoloured chocolatesDuring his career, George has worked at two-star Michelin restaurants and has cooked in some of Europe’s finest kitchens including The Ledbury in Notting Hill, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire, In De Wulf in Belgium and Noma in Copenhagen. 

George started at Gravetye Manor in Sussex seven years ago, and since then the establishment has been awarded a Michelin star for the past six years, putting it firmly back on the map as a top food destination.

Emma Coath, Restaurant Manager, said: 

“I found George engaging and professional, his passion and commitment to the culinary arts was an example for our students to aspire to. I was proud of the students and team delivering a delightful evening enjoyed by all.”

Visit the 74 South section of our website to find out more about booking a table at our college restaurant.