Rob’s recipe for cooking success

COOKING LESSONS: Sunderland College's Rob Stewart.
COOKING LESSONS: Sunderland College's Rob Stewart.
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A COLLEGE lecturer is cooking up a storm after picking up tips from a gastronomic guru.

Catering students at Sunderland College are now gaining an insight into the culinary expertise of Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart.

Bringing students into the kitchen is crucial for them to understand the reality of this profession. They have to realise the long hours, the pressure and the precision that is required to become a professional chef.

Martin Wishart, Michelin-starred chef

Curriculum leader Rob Stewart recently met and worked alongside the celebrated chef for two days at his Michelin-starred Edinburgh restaurant, carrying out a range of roles, from prepping food to plating up dishes.

Rob formerly worked as a professional chef in a number of North East restaurants, including Café 21, Loch Fyne and The Living Room group, before joining Sunderland College in 2010.

He has also undertaken a stage at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, at the Mandarin Oriental in London

He said: “Working with Martin and his team was a fantastic experience, and it was excellent to be in a small kitchen witnessing Michelin-starred food being produced.

“It allowed me to see lots of processes which can be brought back into our curriculum at the college and will enhance our students’ skills.”

“Taking part in stages at Michelin-starred restaurants really puts Sunderland College at the cutting-edge of food in this country and has a very positive impact on our students, many of whom aspire to work-in and own Michelin-starred restaurants.”

Martin said: “Bringing students into the kitchen is crucial for them to understand the reality of this profession.

“They have to realise the long hours, the pressure and the precision that is required to become a professional chef.”

College catering students also gain valuable work experience in the college’s very own restaurant, the Lounge Bar and Bistro, which helps to improve their skills and knowledge.

It’s rated the top restaurant in Sunderland on TripAdvisor, it will be relocating when the college opens its new flagship City Campus.