A restaurant owned by chef and TV celebrity Dave Coulson has taken on a new apprentice with Gateshead College.
Coulson, who reached the final of BBC hit series Masterchef: The Professionals in 2010, launched Peace & Loaf restaurant on Jesmond Road, Newcastle, in November last year. A firm advocate of apprenticeships, he decided to give one young person the opportunity to forge a worthwhile career in the industry.
Mason Patterson has since joined the business on a two-year apprenticeship, which will see him gain a nationally-recognised Level 2 catering qualification, as well a wide range of culinary skills. The 19-year-old ,from Fenham, is spending one day a week at Gateshead College and four days at the restaurant.
He said: “I’ve been interested in cooking for several years and this is a fantastic opportunity for me to work alongside a top pastry chef. The apprenticeship is giving me the chance to gain industry-recognised skills, get on the career ladder and earn a wage at the same time.”
Coulson, who has more than 13 years’ experience in the industry, said: “Apprenticeships aren’t just for the bigger companies. They are a cost-effective way for small firms to train their workforce to a high standard and make their business more competitive.”