Isaac At, the highly-acclaimed new Brighton restaurant launched last year by City College Brighton and Hove alumni Isaac Bartlett-Copeland (Head Chef/Owner) and George Thomas (Sous Chef & Young Chef of the Year 2016 finalist), has given the key role of restaurant manager to another former City College Catering student, Alex Preston (21).
‘Alex has a really good attention to detail which he clearly picked up at the College which really helps with all the specific elements of setting up the restaurant for a service right through to choosing the wines,’ says Isaac. ‘It’s absolutely significant that we’ve got core members of the team who are all ex-City College. We can learn and grow as a team but it’s important that everyone has that fundamental knowledge and understands the kind of excellence we’re aiming for.’
Alex, who impressed his tutors with his front-of-house skills at City College’s training restaurant, The Gallery, says: ‘Taking on this kind of responsibility can be stressful but I always wanted to push for a challenge. I’ve found out how the team here work and love everything about it so it’s a great thing to be part of. The fact that Isaac and George are also ex-City College makes it feel like re-uniting with old colleagues to create something brilliant.’
Talking of his time at the College, Alex adds: ‘Without the support I had from the front-of-house tutors at City College, I wouldn’t be where I am. I was having a particularly hard time during my second year on the course which they picked up on and they really went the extra mile to get me through the qualification.’