Newcastle College students have the recipe for success

Trainee chefs at Newcastle College have been putting success on the menu thanks to a work experience partnership with Newcastle’s Café Royal

Darren James Lawton (far left) with Cevat Robert Elat (far right) and students from Newcastle College
Darren James Lawton (far left) with Cevat Robert Elat (far right) and students from Newcastle College

Trainee chefs at Newcastle College have been putting success on the menu thanks to a work experience partnership with Newcastle’s Café Royal.

The business, part of the Sir John Fitzgerald group, opened its kitchen doors to students working towards their VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery.

Every year, students from the course are invited to spend one day a week in the kitchen, gaining invaluable hands-on experience.

Head chef at Café Royal, Cevat Robert Elat, said: “Café Royal is a welcoming, nurturing environment for young chefs, and many people who have learned their trade here have gone on to work in internationally-renowned venues.”

Lewis Morrison, 20, who is in his final year of the cookery course, said: “I first developed an interest in cooking when I tried making spaghetti bolognese with my dad. We were left to our own devices on a Saturday when my mum was at work, so we thought we would try out something basic in the kitchen – unfortunately the spaghetti bolognese proved to be very basic indeed.

“I started to be more experimental and decided to enrol on Professional Cookery course at Newcastle College – it is the best decision I have ever made.

“Working with the highly experienced chefs at Café Royal is an incredible opportunity.”

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