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Cookery school opens doors for all

Above: Denise Dunn, Head of Faculty Northumberland College; Jordan Watt, trainee chef; Martin Charlton, chef/owner of Old Boat House restaurant; James Beswick, student; Elaine O’Connor, Senior Manager Employment & Skills at Northumberland County Council

Above: Denise Dunn, Head of Faculty Northumberland College; Jordan Watt, trainee chef; Martin Charlton, chef/owner of Old Boat House restaurant; James Beswick, student; Elaine O’Connor, Senior Manager Employment & Skills at Northumberland County Council

A new cookery school has opened in Amble to provide young people with skills and qualifications in catering and hospitality.

Based in the Pride of Northumbria premises on Queen Street, the Culinary Institute of Northumbria is offering NVQs and Apprenticeships as well as Food Safety, Health and Safety, and Customer Service courses.

A successful open evening event was held in November, with over 30 visitors enjoying freshly baked bread, delicious canapes, and various bite sized delights, all prepared by the trainees in the new facility.

The free courses in Food Safety, Customer Services, Health and Safety, and First Aid have started and places on these are being booked up quickly. There are also 29 students signed up for NVQ courses.

Martin Charlton, owner-chef at the Culinary Institute of Northumbria and the Old Boat House Restaurant, said “We are really pleased with the initial response to the opening of the Culinary Institute and are very excited about delivering on the potential and opportunities it offers to young people in Amble and also to local employers.” Martin will be leading the training.

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