The award recognises accredited colleges within the AA College Rosette Scheme that have shown outstanding achievements in a realistic working environment.
The scheme aims to recognise students, both front and back of house, who are the future of the hospitality industry.
Mark Parsons, faculty director at the college, said: “This is an absolutely fantastic achievement for all the team and students who work at the Academy.
“We hope our reputation in the Cheshire community continues to grow and attract talented chefs who can now train at the best college restaurant in the country.”
Garry Baldwin, senior hotel and restaurant inspector with the AA, added: “We were hugely impressed with the quality of entries for this year’s award.
“It really highlighted how college restaurants are keeping up with industry trends, and South Cheshire College in particular demonstrated excellent commercial awareness in the way its hospitality department and restaurant are run.”
The Academy restaurant regularly holds gourmet evenings and tasting events, allowing customers to sample fine dining menus with accompanying wines for an affordable price.
Highlights of their menu include pan-seared scallop served with crab potato cake, shellfish broth and crispy pancetta, followed by local pan-seared loin of lamb with a mini shepherd’s pie, minted Parmentier, sweet potato purée and rosemary jus.