College hosts Hell’s Kitchen-style event to support World Dwarf Games contender

Assistant principal Graeme Blench, college principal Suzanne Duncan, Academy at Shotton Hall Mark Swan, college vice principals Sally Hudson and Eugene McCrossan
Assistant principal Graeme Blench, college principal Suzanne Duncan, Academy at Shotton Hall Mark Swan, college vice principals Sally Hudson and Eugene McCrossan
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THERE will be hell to pay when bosses and governors go head-to-head in a fiery fund-raiser.

The Hell’s Kitchen-style event, on June 13 at East Durham College’s Scene1 Restaurant, will raise money to help Peterlee 11-year-old Mark Swan realise his dream of travelling to America to compete in the World Dwarf Games.

Mark Swan is off to America to take part in the Dwarf Olympics. He is the under 11's dwarf world record holder for the shot putt.

Mark Swan is off to America to take part in the Dwarf Olympics. He is the under 11's dwarf world record holder for the shot putt.

The fund-raiser will see senior figures – including principal Suzanne Duncan and vice-principals Eugene McCrossan and Sally Hudson – spend a day in the kitchen perfecting the menus set for them by the college’s own Gordon Ramsay, head chef Joe Keenan.

Along with catering students, the senior team will have to prepare a number of dishes to serve to paying customers on the night under Joe’s watchful eye.

Sharon Littler, programme leader for catering and hospitality, said the college was hoping to raise “as much money as possible” to give Mark the chance to represent Great Britain in Michagan in August.

Mark will be at the event, working alongside brother Luke, who is on a catering course at the college.

“We are privileged to be part of this great charity and support our local talent,” said Sharon.

“It’s going to be a very long and hard day, but so much fun too.”

Diners will get the full Hell’s Kitchen experience, as the service will be streamed on to screens in the restaurant via a live feed.

To book a table, call 518 8302.