POSH students claim that their university experience is crumbling — because their college does not have a pastry chef.
Undergraduates at Cambridge University’s Corpus Christi College no longer get handmade artisan breakfasts after kitchen staff walked out.
Hungry toffs now slink off to other colleges for their morning grub as brekkie has been axed altogether. Food quality has also taken a battering, with horrified students confronted with cakes bought from shops.
The college — once home to Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville — has seen several catering staff leave, including a MasterChef quarter-finalist, in a conflict with management.
One student complained that it feels like a “loss of the Cambridge experience”.
A source said college management had “prioritised cost over quality” and “the freezers were stuffed”.
They added: “Fresh ingredients were replaced with bulk-bought food, cakes were shop-bought, and vegetables were pre-cut.”
Posh “formals” — black-tie gatherings — will also no longer take place at the college, founded in 1352.
Its kitchen was said to have become “one of the highest performing in Cambridge”.
But sources revealed the departure of veteran catering manager Chris Le-Vien in February triggered the downward spiral.
He was said to have been made a “scapegoat” after a series of formals last Christmas, when indoor mixing between households was banned.
Of 13 cooks at the start of summer only three remain, according to the university’s Varsity newspaper.
Mr Le-Vien was approached for comment. The college declined to do so.