Runshaw College’s award-winning kitchen has been forced to close after training young chefs for more than 30 years.
Foxholes Restuarant, a non-profit organisation that relies on government funding, announced yesterday (13th June) that the kitchen would be closing after nine years of government cuts.
A statement from Foxholes Restaurant on social media stated, “We would like to thank our customers for the magnificent loyalty and support that they have shown to our multi-award winning training restaurant Foxholes during the last 31 years.
“And we also want to thank our students and staff for their exceptional skill and dedication, helping Foxholes to be consistently rated as the number one restaurant in Leyland. However, the costs of running a college training restaurant are extremely high, so it is with enormous sadness that we will be closing Foxholes due to nine consecutive years of government cuts to FE funding in England.
“We will of course continue to campaign for fairer funding for the FE sector and members of the public can express their support for this campaign by Tweeting, using the #LoveOurColleges hashtag.
“Whilst we and our customers will greatly miss our fabulous training restaurant, we are pleased to announce that we will be continuing to offer a full-time level 2 chef training course to students aged 16-19 at our Runshaw Chef School and we will also be continuing to train apprentice chefs at a wide range of restaurants, hotels and other organisations in our local community.”