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From coursemates to cooking up a storm

Adam Clark and Amy Lonsdale met in the first week of their hospitality course and bonded over their mutual love of food. When they graduated in 2015, they went into business together, helping to develop and run Urban Quarter, home of Sheffield’s best burger. Adam is the chef, while Amy runs the front of house.

How did you meet?

Amy: He said he could do a backflip and I didn’t believe him! It’s hard to say really, I think it was probably a mutual love of food; it’s all we really talk about!

Adam: We had a very close friendship over the whole course. I like to think we’re very similar in our goals and aspirations.

What was your favourite part of the course?

Adam: I loved being surrounded by likeminded passionate people, both the tutors and my fellow students. I also loved my entrepreneurial placement in America, where we ran a restaurant in upstate New York.

Amy: The main memory for me is after the four years of studying, walking across that stage, surrounded by our friends, and graduating. We all started together and we finished together!

What was it like to leave the course and begin working together?

Amy: Having trained together and gone through the same challenges and successes at uni, it feels great to put it all into practice as a team. 

Adam: Amy has fantastic front of house experience and I’ve always appreciated the honesty and sincerity in everything she does.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Adam: My favourite part is continuing to develop the business, talking to customers and explaining our philosophy on burgers – often converting ‘burger haters’ into burger lovers. 

Amy: It’s great to be a part of the growing food scene in Sheffield. Kelham Island and Sharrow Vale are two of my favourite places in Sheffield and to be able to have an input into the development of these areas is something I will always be grateful for.

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