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Bake Off’s new judge Prue Leith paid a visit to student-led cafe, BR6 Bakehouse

PUBLISHED: 16:35 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:35 20 April 2017

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The cafe is run by London South East Colleges Orpington students

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New judge on Bake Off, Prue Leith, has paid a visit to a student-led cafe in Orpington today.

Ms Leith, who will take over from Mary Berry and join Paul Hollywood on the popular baking show, was given a tour and enjoyed afternoon tea at the newly opened BR6 Bakehouse, which is run by London South East Colleges Orpington.

The bakehouse, which opened this week, is an extension of the BR6 Restaurant, which opened in 2015 and is now the number one restaurant in the area on Trip Advisor.

The new cafe serves light lunches, coffees, cakes and cocktails, and also has a shop selling baked-goods.

It, along with the restaurant, is used to train the College’s Hospitality Food and Enterprise Career students, so that they can gain practical experience alongside theory teaching.

Ms Leith said: “I am very obsessed with proper training for the next generation of chefs and hospitality experts. In the past there has not always been enough emphasis on providing young people with the practical skills they need to prepare them for a career in the hospitality industry.

“I am hugely supportive of training programmes which provide real, hands on working alongside the theory and classroom based learning. The course offers its students a real taste of industry.

“This is a superb training ground for young people and will certainly prepare them for careers in our industry.”

Principal of London South East Colleges, Sam Parrett, said: “Thanks to Prue for coming along and joining us today. Our students were so excited to meet her and she has really inspired them.”

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