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Mayor attends Brighton GEMS Christmas dinner

Besi Besemar December 9, 2016

The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Pete West and his partner Geraldine attend the Brighton GEMS Christmas dinner.


The dinner took place at one of Brighton best kept secrets, the Gallery Restaurant, in Pelham Street, which is staffed by students from the award-winning catering and hospitality courses at City College, Brighton and Hove.

Former students from City College have gone on to win such prestigious prizes as Young Chef of the Year, The Roux Scholarship and to run Michelin recognised restaurants. One notable ex student is Ben McKellar who since developing his skills at City College has opened three award-winning restaurants in Brighton, The Ginger Fox, The Ginger Man and the Ginger Dog.

The students under the watchful eye of their restaurant manager served the GEMS members with an imaginatively planned four course feast with wine. It was dining at its very best.


The Mayor thanked the outgoing chair of Brighton GEMS, Steve Ashfield, who is stepping down, for helping develop the group and thanked the students for all their hard work cooking and serving the meal.

The GEMS raffle raised £200 which will be shared between Sussex Beacon and The Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove, two of the Mayor’s charities.

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