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Gateshead College students cook up a storm in Park Lane kitchen

A trio of students have spent time in the Grosvenor House Hotel in London after winning a competition at the Marriot Hotel

Ian McClelland Photography Winning students Michael Fletcher, Nathan Birbeck and Andrew Ingelby with Chris Wells from Marriott and Shelley Raine from Gatesehad College
Winning students Michael Fletcher, Nathan Birbeck and Andrew Ingelby with Chris Wells from Marriott and Shelley Raine from Gatesehad College

Three students from Gateshead College were rewarded with an amazing opportunity to gain experience in one of the country’s top hotel kitchens.

Michael Fletcher, Nathan Birkbeck, and Andrew Ingleby spent time at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London after guests at the Marriot Newcastle Gateshead judged their spring-themed delicacies to be the best at a corporate event catered for entirely by the college’s Level 2 Catering and Hospitality students.

Nathan says: “It was amazing. The kitchen was so busy but really well organised. I’ve always wanted to be a chef and after this experience I just can’t wait to start my career in catering.”

The Marriott Newcastle Gateshead Hotel has worked in partnership with Gateshead College to help nurture and develop the skills of budding chefs. Putting theory into practice the students, working in teams, were invited to take over the hotel’s kitchens to cater for a big event, working alongside Marriott head chef Chris Wells.

“It’s great to see young and enthusiastic chefs who really want to learn something,” Chris says. “It was a pleasure to share culinary tips, techniques and also offer advice based on my own experiences on how to find employment in the fast-paced hospitality industry.”

In total 12 students from Gateshead College worked with the Marriott Newcastle Gateshead in the innovative project which is aimed at developing the talent of young people in the region.

Raoul Lemmerling, the hotel’s general manager, says: “The partnership we have with Gateshead College is fantastic. There is often much negativity regarding young people but these students were very proactive, keen, eager and willing to learn and although it’s the first time we’ve worked like this with young peopile it is something we are definitely looking to do again.”

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