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College hosts official launch of training kitchen
Cornwall College Saltash held an official launch of its training kitchen this week which saw members of the College Council, Governors, local schools, restaurateurs, businesses and stakeholders invited in to take a look around the facilities, meet with staff and students and have the opportunity to try some fantastic food prepared by students.
The College started offering Professional Cookery courses in September and the state of the art facilities are being used to train full-time post-16 students, 14-16 year olds from local schools, and apprentices.
The funds used to build the £300,000 kitchen formed part of a £3.5m investment by the South East Cornwall Learning Partnership, funded by the Department for Education, which established The School of Tourism and Hospitality, bringing together local secondary schools in Saltash, Liskeard, Torpoint, Callington and Looe with Cornwall College and professional organisations including St Mellion International Resort.
The event was hosted by Cornwall College Principal Dave Linnell who was joined in welcoming the guests by Mayor of Saltash, Councillor Colin Oakes and Mayoress Marilyn Oakes.
Other guests included chef Nick Barclay form the Blue Plate Restaurant, China Fleet Head Chef Gareth Langford and representatives from local schools including Eggbuckland Community College, Ivybridge Community College, Notre Dame RC School and Marine Academy Plymouth.
A plaque was unveiled by Mr Linnell and guest of honour Mr Oakes who then got the chance, with the other guests, to find out more about the facilities and meet staff and current students.
The guests were then free to try a wonderful range of canapés the students had spent the day preparing for them.
“It was great to be able to show off the kitchen and some of the skills we have learnt so far” said Aaron Bezant who is studying the Level 1 Introduction to Professional Cookery. “It was fantastic to talk to all the guests about what we learn in the kitchen, particularly those who work in the industry who gave us some great advice.”
Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College added: “The success of the training kitchen at our Saltash campus has been the result of a lot of hard work by many people both in the College and in partnership with us. The launch has been a great chance for many of them to see how it is preparing our students for a career in the industry and of how proud we are of the facilities we now have at Saltash.”