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Cooking up skills for the next generation

Published: September 23, 2016

The Cornwall College Group Camborne | Saltash | St Austell leisure

Following on from the huge success of last year’s workshops, Cornwall College are bringing back their very popular Chef Clubs, aimed at budding young cooks aged between 9 and 16 years old.  Commencing on Saturday 1st October, the clubs are expected to be bigger and better than ever.

Located at Camborne, St Austell and Saltash campuses, the clubs will be divided into “Mini” for 9-12 years and “Junior” for 13 to 16 years.  Both clubs will offer professional training by the award winning Cornwall College catering team, with all equipment, ingredients and apron provided.

Grant Mather, Curriculum Lead for Professional Cookery across The Cornwall College Group, said: “We were overwhelmed by the enormous response of people wanting to get their children into one of these clubs that we just knew we had to do it again.  The workshops are designed to be fun, while at the same time delivering key skills for creative and safe cooking in the kitchen. Once on the course everything is provided, the only thing our students have to do is decided whether to eat their dishes in class or take them home.”

Catering for two age groups, the “Mini” Chef Club is designed to give a fun, hands-on experience for young people who like making things in the kitchen.  The club takes place

one Saturday a month for five months, with every month having a different theme.  The “Junior” Chef Club content is more technical, but still within the capabilities of its target audience and useful for those with an interest to make catering their career.  This club takes place every Wednesday for seven weeks.

Grant concluded: “Our catering staff had a great time and are looking forward to teaching these chefs of the future.  It’s going to be a really exciting, hands-on, fun experience.”

Both clubs end with a foodie feast, where parents, guardians and invited guests can come and see what the students have produced and taste the fruit of their labours.

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