Nov 14 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
A CELEBRITY chef was the guest of honour at the opening of a revamped college.
Television star Gino D’Acampo, was greeted by a throng of jubilant students and staff at the Wembley Park campus of the College of North West London.
He had a tour of the restaurant on Wednesday last week, and the kitchens where students train and run a service which is open to the public.
The winner of the I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here television show in 2009, said: “It has been great. So many people turned up and it was good to see what the college has to offer.
“We should have more colleges like this, it gives the people in the community the opportunity to learn new skills so they can find good jobs.
“I’ve been very impressed with the training kitchens at the college. When I trained as a chef in Napoli we didn’t have half of the equipment that they have here.
“These students are very lucky.”
Asheeka Robinson, 18, from Willesden, had made lemon tarts for the occasion, which Gino sampled.
She said afterwards: “I’ve never felt this happy in my whole life. It was brilliant when he ate the lemon tart that I made, especially when he complimented me on how great it tasted. He said it was baked to perfection.”
The television presenter also ‘crossed’ a giant 3D chasm which was displayed on the floor to mark the opening of the campus on Wembley Park Drive after a £2.3million makeover.
Mayor of Brent, councillor Michael Adeyeye also attended.
College principal Vicki Fagg said: “This was a great showcase for the college and I am delighted with the positive response we got from all the visitors.
“We expect to see nearly 2,000 local students through the doors of the building this year.”