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AA College Restaurant of the Year

Launched in 2016 in partnership between People 1st and AA Hotel Services, the AA College Restaurant of the Year award recognises the hard work of chef lecturers and student brigades that run college restaurants.

Part of the AA’s annual Hospitality Awards, the award gives colleges an unprecedented opportunity to be part of one of the industry’s most prestigious events and put their restaurants well and truly on the map!

The award is only open to People 1st accredited colleges that have also been awarded an AA College Rosette.

2017 Award

The three finalists for this year's AA College Restaurant of the Year award have been revealed!

Following a jam-packed judging day at Park Plaza Riverbank London - and some very tough decisions for the judges - the three shortlisted college restaurants are:

Congratulations to all three finalists, and a big thank you to all the student and lecturer teams that attended the judging day in June - the quality of entries was incredible and the judges were hugely impressed by the energy and enthusiasm on display.

The winner of the AA College Restaurant of the Year 2017 will be announced at the annual AA Hospitality Awards in London on 25 September.

Photos from the AA College Restaurant of the Year 2017 judging day (click image to view album)

AA College Restaurant of the Year judging day - 28 June 2017

Finalist videos

Entrants to this year's AA College Restaurant of the Year award were asked to create a short video promoting their college restaurant and the hospitality courses at their college. Watch our three finalists' videos below:

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AA College Restaurant of the Year 2016

The 2016 AA College Restaurant of the Year offered a host of fantastic benefits to shortlisted entrants - from an exclusive judging day in central London to real-life work experience at a five-star venue.

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Jennifer Cruickshanks, head of hospitality at this year's AA College Restaurant of the Year award winner, Runshaw College, explains how accreditation has benefitted her department.

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