A BARNSLEY College student has spent a week working in a Michelin level kitchen and shadowing head chefs.

Beata Armacka, a catering and hospitality student, joined the Tommy Banks’ Roots in York for a week of preparing, cooking and serving.

The restaurant has been voted the 25th best in the

UK by Square Meals. The opportunity allowed her to gain skills and techniques that she can apply to her future employment.

The Barnsley College enterprise department gave Beata the funding to pay for her travel during her placement period. Beata said:

“I had the most amazing time working as part of the team at Roots. It was a fantastic opportunity to be able to experience life working for a top restaurant.

“The skills I have taken away from my time there will put me in a good position to find a job. I would definitely recommend work placements to other students.”

James Key, the catering and hospitality lecturer, added: “Beata has done both the college and the catering department proud in achieving this amazing opportunity and gaining experience in one of the country’s best restaurants.

“The restaurant has really enjoyed her commitment and professionalism during her placement, which we are extremely pleased to hear.”