AA College Rosette Scheme

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The AA College Rosette Scheme, In partnership with People 1st has been designed to reflect current industry trends within the realistic working environments. The Award will form two levels of Award, with an additional ‘AA recommended level’ for those colleges who are working towards their goals of a higher award but have received an inspection. The Process mirrors the current industry recognition and relates in principle to the AA’s 1 Rosette award at the ‘award’ level whilst the second tier will be showing elements of a higher Rosette levels. Additional Service, Hospitality and Kitchen management form a basis of this newly created award. Qualified AA Hotel & Restaurant inspectors with relevant industry experience will carry out these visits. We take a balanced view between lunch and dinner service, much like we do within industry.

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The AA is the only pan Britain assessment organisation; it makes sense as a leader in our field to partner with such an initiative. We offer industry skill set, paired with heritage in our brand and of course the Star rating and Rosette Schemes. We have partnered with People 1st to promote the process combining the expertise and experience of both recognised organisations. Click here to see who has received a College Rosette Award and Accredited college status by People 1st. In short, it is fundamental to recognise our future hospitality industry, The assessment of catering colleges is a further channel, as it promotes standards at grass roots level and increases the awareness of AA Hotel Services within the industry.

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Visits so far

The initial visits have been very positive, with tours of impressive facilities and industry comparable cuisine and service. The quality of ingredients used, and the menu composition have been key areas that have been noteworthy from our inspection team. The lecturers support within the dining environments has been consistently good, with clear and relevant detail given during restaurant operations.

Highlights have been;

- A Chefs table
- The use of Ipads for wine lists and training/development
- Television links between the kitchen and restaurant
- Warmth and hospitality from students
- Some excellent kitchen facilities, a drive for excellent standards
- Enjoyable meals
- Clear business focus, whether it be a bakery, food boutique, coffee shop and in some cases development of catering services in other parts of the college.

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How to Join
Contact us:
Email - Hospitality.Solutions@theAA.com

Contact People 1st:
Email - Accreditation@people1st.co.uk

The Scheme

AA Recommended

Establishments will have a clear and recognised commitment to students and the industry. The restaurant will have had an inspection as part of the programme, however requires greater strength and confidence before an award can be given. The restaurant will be working towards either the level 1 or 2 award.


AA College Rosette - Award

Restaurants serving food prepared with care, understanding and skill, using good quality ingredients. These restaurants will be achieving standards that standout in their local area and within the currently benchmarked colleges. Guests within these restaurants should be able to eat in with confidence and a sense of anticipation for cuisine prepared and served with care and attention to detail.



AA College Rosette – Highly Commended

The above criteria in addition to the main award, restaurants at this level will show confidence and clear structure in their RWE’s. The learning environment in addition to the facility will at its very best and above all appropriate to the target markets and indeed learning. Restaurants will have an excellent grasp of commercial sense and can compete well within a true restaurant environment. Restaurants at this level are likely to have a clear brand and excellent links to industry where this is exploited to benefit the students greatly. Service levels highly polished, with clear support from lecturers and notable peer to peer learning/training.


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