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Gourmet Dinner Night at Sparks, the restaurant run by students at Sheffield City College
Gourmet Dinner Night at Sparks, the restaurant run by students at Sheffield City College

For fine cuisine at a bargain price, book in at the restaurants run by catering students still learning the trade at our local colleges

Waterfront Restaurant, Doncaster College

Waterfront Restaurant at Doncaster College

Waterfront Restaurant at Doncaster College

A new Curry Club is now spicing up speciality evenings at the Waterfront.

Hosted by Prett Tejura, founder of award-winning Yorkshire food and cookery company Curry Cuisine, the evening includes a cookery demo and two-course Bengal and Assam themed meal. Tickets are £20 (call 01302 553833 to book) for what promises to be an informal, fun evening of curry and company.

The 100-seater Waterfront, which gives its students valuable hands-on experience of working in a live kitchen and dining room, serves Friday breakfasts, lunches Tuesday to Friday and Thursday dinners. Themed evenings and taster evenings are also staged throughout the year.

Sparks Restaurant, Sheffield City College

Based in the £1.2 million catering wing of the new £65 million college, Sparks is staffed by chef lecturers and catering students sharpening their industry skills.

If you love good food at a canny price, and you like the fact that you are helping Sheffield create its culinary future, book yourself a table in the plush, pink 60-seater restaurant. Open during term time, it dishes up weekday lunches (on Thursdays and Fridays there’s a £9.95 three-course table d’hote) and does dinners three nights a week (Tuesday and Wednesday, plus Thursday gourmet evenings). Pre-booking is essential.