BBC1's The Apprentice comes to Hackney Community College
Posted 29th March 2012
When contestants needed to carry out market testing on kitchen gadgets, they approached Hackney Community College to host a focus group in the college’s training restaurant, Open Kitchen. Will the rubber glove scourer or the waste food compressor be a success…?
Hackney Community College was delighted to welcome the crew and contestants of BBC One’s The Apprentice onto the Shoreditch campus to help with the second episode series 8: Household Gadget.
The college was approached because of its high profile catering training centre, The London City Hospitality Centre. Producers felt that it would be the ideal setting to carry out market testing for a new kitchen gadget.
A focus group, led by Alan Sugar’s adviser Nick Hewer, was held in the centre’s training restaurant, Open Kitchen.
Open Kitchen Restaurant Manager David Naudin and the College’s Chair of Governors Tom Mautner took part in the show.
Tom Mautner “I actually think that’s quite a sensible idea”
Principal of Hackney Community College, Ian Ashman, said: “This is the third time in three weeks that the college has featured on BBC television! Thanks to our staff who go over and above to help out the TV crews. We’re always happy to help out, and The Apprentice show is another great opportunity to show viewers the facilities that our students enjoy here on campus.”
Open Kitchen is open to the public for high quality, affordable meals prepared and served by students. Go to www.openkitch.biz