Student chef wins funding to complete training

Bobby Lee Smail is realising his ambitions of becoming a professional Chef thanks to NCMA
Bobby Lee Smail is realising his ambitions of becoming a professional Chef thanks to NCMA
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A STUDENT is cooking up his dream career as a professional chef, thanks to a cash boost.

Bobby Lee Smail’s ambitions of becoming a high-flying international chef were dashed when the college costs started to spiral out of control.

But the 17-year-old’s plans are back on track after he secured funding and he is working hard in the hope of being able to cook fine food in Australia or New Zealand after qualifying.

Bobby, who is studying a full-time VRQ Level 2 diploma in professional cookery, will receive £1,200 over two years.

The funding will cover travel costs and essential equipment for his course, including chef whites and knives.

Bobby, of Houghton, said: “My ambition is to become a chef and I knew that I needed to get professional qualifications to achieve this goal.

“Without financial support I don’t think I could have afforded to do the course I needed to do.

“I think there are probably loads of young people in a similar position to me who think the can’t afford to take courses to help them get their dream job or get where they want to be in life.

“But there is actually a lot of help available.”

The funding is through Newcastle College Maintenance Allowance.