Anniversary celebration creates unique festival experience

Top chef, Paul Askew and The City of Liverpool College are celebrating a year of anniversaries by moving the exclusive Art School Restaurant to Sefton Park. 

Joining forces with the team from The City of Liverpool College’s award-winning Academy Restaurant, Mr Askew and his renowned staff will wow visitors to the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival with a unique fine dining experience in a pop-up version of the Art School Restaurant.

The pop-up restaurant celebrates five landmarks for Paul and The City of Liverpool College:

  • It is the first birthday of the Art School Restaurant.
  • It marks the 20th anniversary of Paul Askew’s return to Liverpool as a renowned chef.
  • It celebrates 20 years of Paul’s relationship with The City of Liverpool College, mentoring students, providing apprenticeship and training opportunities and supporting young chefs.
  • It commemorates a 25 year relationship between the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and The City of Liverpool College.
  • It observes the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, of which Paul Askew is Northern Chairman.

The art school also recently received a five star rating from the 2016 good food guide.

Elaine Bowker, Principal of The City of Liverpool College, said: “We are delighted to be involved with Paul and the Art School Restaurant in this landmark year.

“He and his team have given incredible support to our students over the past 20 years, providing training and job opportunities that have seen them flourish in the culinary industry.

“Paul’s support continues to influence our students and the pop-up restaurant is another example of the opportunities that this incredible partnership delivers.”

Catering students at The City of Liverpool College also benefit from the leadership of their own award-winning chef, Ian Jaundoo.

Scooping a host of culinary awards - and helping students to do the same - Ian leads the catering courses at The City of Liverpool College, ensuring that his students develop their skills in ‘real-life’ environments, such as the college’s acclaimed Academy Restaurant.

Ian has also led students to enormous success with their last pop-up restaurant, the sumptuous Aquitania, which took over the Cunard Building to celebrate the visit of the Three Queens earlier this summer.

Ian said: "These students are hugely talented and skilled and they need experiences like this to hone their expertise in a range of professional kitchen settings so they can adapt to the challenges that lie ahead and excel in their careers.

“The opportunity to work with and learn from Paul Askew and his team is priceless and adapting to the conditions at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival will just add to the versatility of our students. This is fantastic for them.”

As Northern Chairman of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Paul is committed to the Academy’s aim of supporting the education and training of young people in the hospitality industry through the provision of career opportunities, recognising and rewarding talent and skill, as well as raising standards and awareness of food, food provenance, cooking and service.

Together with The City of Liverpool College, he is also a supporter of the Royal Academy’s ‘Chefs Adopt a School’ initiative, which works with children and young people to support healthy eating, nutrition and hygiene.

Now in its 25th year, The City of Liverpool College has supported it since its inception in 1990.

Elaine said: “It is genuinely important to us that our catering students understand every aspect of the career that they have chosen to follow and this includes fulfilling professional responsibilities to the community as well as being the most effective and creative exponents of the culinary arts.

“We are delighted to be involved with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and the Adopt a School campaign.”

The Art School pop-up restaurant will be around for two days only (Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September) at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival.

With more than 40,000 visitors expected to attend the festival over the weekend and just 300 covers at the pop-up restaurant, tables are almost as exclusive as the fine dining menu.

Availability is extremely limited so guests are advised to book early to avoid missing out on one of the year’s top dining experiences.

To book an exclusive table, visit the website at

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