Celebrations as youngsters graduate from Greene King-sponsored Junior Chef course at West Suffolk College
A group of budding chefs have graduated from West Suffolk College after completing an eight week course sponsored by Greene King.
The youngsters, aged between 10 and 15, took part in the Junior Chef programme which saw them learn basic chef skills and produce meals from scratch each week.
Last month, the students put all they had learned over the eight weeks to the test and prepared a lunch of teriyaki salmon on egg noodles and stir fried vegetables and chocolate brownies with homemade vanilla ice-cream and petit-fours for their family and friends.
Stuart Ascot, chef manager at West Suffolk College, said: “It is the best part of my job teaching these youngsters. They are shy to begin and then we see them flourish as each week goes on. A few of them were nervous for the final meal, but they all delivered an outstanding service. It’s a joy to see how far they develop in only eight weeks."
This is the second year Greene King has co-funded the course.
Andrew Bush, group HR director at Greene King, said: “We are really pleased to have been able to support these young people by working with West Suffolk College to give them a taste of what it’s like to be a chef and experience working in a kitchen.
"As a pub company, we put a lot of emphasis on helping young people develop a career in hospitality and I’m delighted this programme has been another success. We hope they’ll be the chefs of the future in our Greene King pubs!”
Phil Stittle, executive director of business development at West Suffolk College, said: “It’s great to have Greene King involved to support a local programme like this.
"The kids thoroughly enjoy the eight weeks, as do the parents when they sample the delights each week. The programme is perfect to give youngsters a taste of what it might be like if they choose to become a chef a little further down the line.”
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