Truro Food Festival: Supporting Hospitality Table Cornwall
Truro Food Festival 2019 welcomed thousands of people to the streets of Cornwall’s capital, Truro, for a weekend of delicious food, inspiring talks, and some awesome food demos. I had the opportunity to work closely with Hospitality Table Cornwall, a European social funded project supporting hospitality businesses in Cornwall and led by Truro and Penwith College.
Over Friday and Saturday, I had the honour of chatting to a number of very inspiring women working in hospitality for Hospitality Table Cornwall’s segment on the Boscawen Stage. On Friday I chatted with Karen Baxter, General Manager of Hotel Tresanton, a luxury 30-bed hotel based in St Mawes and on Saturday I spoke with Elly Owen, Group Sommelier of Paul Ainsworth and No6 Padstow.
From both conversations, I learnt a great deal about their journeys and inspirations for heading into the hospitality industry. I asked them both, what does hospitality mean to you? Their answers were very similar. Hospitality to Karen and Elly means providing a service to individuals and treating them in a generous, friendly and warm way. It’s all about making the guests time as good as it possibly can be.
We also spoke about different routes into the hospitality industry. I’ve noticed that a lot of young people believe that “hospitality” means working behind a bar or waitressing in a restaurant. There are so many different aspects of hospitality - from HR and marketing to housekeeping and reception work. We discussed apprenticeships - a fantastic way into the industry. Unfortunately for me, I missed the apprenticeship bandwagon however I do agree that apprenticeships are an incredible way to enter the industry.
Hospitality Table Cornwall offer fully funded courses to hospitality businesses in Cornwall with the hope to upskill and inspire. Led by Truro and Penwith College, Hospitality Table Cornwall also introduce a number of young people into the hospitality sector via apprenticeships. For more information visit their website here.
Tony Duce, head chef, and lecturer took to the head chef stage to show off his skills alongside apprentices from No6 Padstow and St Austell Brewery. I supported the demo from the sidelines with my camera to make sure that the moment was captured.
Well done to everyone who was involved with Truro Food Festival 2019 - it was a great success!