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.”