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Budding Masterchefs Graduate from Junior Academy
Young chefs from across the City cooked up a storm at a graduation dinner to celebrate their successful completion of the Junior Chef Academy at City College Plymouth. Serving a sumptuous buffet to family and friends, the event, held in the College’s PL1 Restaurant, was an opportunity to showcase their culinary flair developed over the nine-week intensive training programme.
The Junior Chef Academy gives 14 – 16 year olds a taste for a career in catering by teaching them how to make a range of delicious sweet and savoury dishes to take home to share with friends and family. Held in the College’s state-of-the-art training kitchens, the would-be Jamie Olivers and Nigella Lawsons learn how to cook with confidence and style in weekly sessions run to fit in with school and homework.
“Our young chefs did themselves proud and put on a fantastic graduation banquet for family and friends,” said Jamie McMurrich, Programme Lead Lecturer for Junior Chefs Academy. “All the hard work of the last nine weeks really came together – I am very proud of what they have achieved.
“The Junior Chef Academy is a great opportunity for young chefs to develop their cooking skills and to explore their creativity in the kitchen. It whets their appetites for hospitality and catering as a career to pursue in the future and our experienced chefs are always on hand to give lots of advice about working in the industry. Many come back to the Junior Academy over and over again, and some of our young chefs return to study with us full-time.”
The Junior Chef Academy is one of a series of academies offered by the College throughout the year to give young students the chance to explore a hobby or interest, as well as an insight into what it is like to study a course full-time. Other junior academies include automotive, construction and hair and beauty.
For those interested in full and part-time courses, the College is hosting an Open Day on Saturday 29 April, 10.00am to 1.00pm, at Kings Road. To find out more, please visit our events page or call 01752 305300.