A NEW restaurant and catering college will open at Southall Manor House as part of a £7million investment in the borough.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced that Ealing Council will be given the cash as part of his £70m regeneration fund, designed to boost jobs and growth.
One of the projects is an apprentice-led restaurant and training facility, which will regenerate a disused heritage building at the manor house.
The site will train 400 students annually, including 150 as chefs, and improve skills for staff in 50 local restaurants.
The scheme is intended to attract more visitors to Southall, in turn having a knock-on effect by improving Southall Green.
Gulu Anand, manager of The Brilliant Restaurant in Southall’s Western Road, said he would help the scheme by overseeing training.
He said: “This is a very, very good idea. It’s about time. Anything which the council or the government is doing to help boost employment in Southall can only be a good thing.”
Money from the fund will also go towards developing pavements and shop fronts in Southall high street.