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Aspiring chefs get foot on the ladder at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light

Darren Grey, chef supervisor at Sunderland College (left) with David Moses, General Manager of 1879 Events Management (centre) and some 
of the first students on the new work experience scheme.

Darren Grey, chef supervisor at Sunderland College (left) with David Moses, General Manager of 1879 Events Management (centre) and some of the first students on the new work experience scheme.

BUDDING chefs are being given the chance to cook up recipes for success, thanks to a new scheme.

Catering students from across Sunderland are taking part in a special work experience scheme run as a partnership by Sunderland College and 1879 Events Management, a subsidiary of Sunderland Football Club.

The project is being launched to offer practical experience to students on the college’s catering and hospitality courses.

As part of the scheme, groups of about 12 aspiring chefs, restaurateurs and hospitality managers will be given the chance to work at the Stadium of Light, helping 1879 Events Management cater for a range of corporate and private functions.

They will be given hands-on experience in a variety of roles, ranging from food preparation and service to administration and kitchen duties, and those who impress could be in with a chance of landing a job.

Darren Grey, chef supervisor at the college, said: “We are absolutely committed to helping our students fulfil their ambitions.

“We believe that the partnership with 1879 Events Management will help enhance that and further develop our catering and hospitality curriculum to inspire the next generation of talented chefs.”

Elliot Welsh, one of the first participants in a trial of the scheme, said: “The experience of working with 1879 will offer a better insight into how other companies operate and what is needed going forward.”

Starting in September the scheme will become an ongoing part of the college curriculum on a rolling basis.

 

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