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TV chefs Chris and James Tanner open extension to student-led restaurant BR6 in Orpington

PUBLISHED: 14:27 05 April 2017

The Bakehouse launch

The Bakehouse launch

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The chefs are patrons of London South East College's Hospitality Food and Enterprise Career College who run the restaurant

Chris and James TannerChris and James Tanner

An extension to a student-led restaurant was officially opened in Orpington on Tuesday (April 5) by TV chefs Chris and James Tanner.

The venture called BR6 Bakehouse, is a second phase of the BR6 Restaurant previously launched by London South East College’s Hospitality Food and Enterprise Career College in 2015.

The Tanners, co-owners of the award-winning gastropub The Kentish Hare, were given a tour of the Bakehouse - which opens to the public on April 19 - along with mayor of Bromley Ian Payne.

Addressing guests, James Tanner said: “The opening of the Bakehouse is a fantastic milestone for the college, which is committed to nurturing the next generation of industry professionals. The college continues to lead the way in providing its studnets with the latest facilities to help them learn the skills needed to succeed in a business environment and not just in the kitchen.

“Chris and I have been long term patrons of the college, and we are proud to be here to show our support. The new retail area will also give the public a chance to sample some of the exciting things being made by the students, as well as local Kent produce - which is some of the best in the country.”

The addition to the restaurant, which is located in the town centre, and rated number one in the area on Trip Advisor, will serve light lunches, coffees, cakes, and cocktails, along with a shop selling baked foods for customers to buy.

At the launch event, principal and CEO of London South East Colleges, Sam Parrett, said: “This is a very exciting day for us and our students. BR6 Restaurant has been a huge success since its opening in 2015 - and as a result, we have now been able to deliver phase two of this pioneering project.

“The new Bakehouse will provide our career college students with even more opportunity to develop their skills in real commercial environments.

“We are most grateful to James, Chris and all our guests for coming along and joining us today. It has been a great experience for our students and has encouraged them to focus on future careers within this dynamic industry.

“The Bakehouse is also a fantastic addition to Orpington Town Centre and I would like to thank everyone who ahs supported its develipopment and its opening.”

The career college launched in 2015 and offers an employer-led curriculum. Students train in a real working environment at the restaurant, but also visit other restaurants and hotels across the country. The curriculum also includes masterclasses by industry experts along with work experience placements.

BR6 will be running taster events throughout the June and July for people who have registered on courses and there will also be open days for prospective career college students. For more information visit www.lsec.ac.uk or call 0300 303 2554.

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