Hackney restaurant to offer catering students hands-on experience

By James McAllister

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Hackney restaurant to offer catering students hands-on experience

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New City College (NCC) is to open a café and restaurant concept on its Hackney campus, offering catering students the opportunity to get a head start in the industry.

Launching in June, OKN1 (previously Open Kitchen) will be open to the public, and see students and professional chefs collaborate on a modern-European menu.

OKN1’s launch menu is set to feature flatbreads with flat-iron chicken, served with 24-hour onion and Marmite butter; spiced squash hummus with whipped buffalo ricotta and pumpkin seeds; and Suffolk bacon chop with fried egg and ‘devilled sauce’.

There will also be an all-day bakery counter serving cakes and brownies, and a craft cocktail menu.

As part of their studies, students will have the chance to get paid work in OKN1 and connect with industry professionals, with the restaurant planning to host collaborations, residencies and events in partnership with chefs and industry brands.

“With OKN1, we're introducing something bold and innovative for Hackney and London,” says Gerry McDonald, NCC group principal and CEO.

“Our students will get a true head start to their careers, working alongside experienced, dynamic professionals in a restaurant of real note.”

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