College students cook up a host of prizes

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Catering students have been cooking up a storm after winning top prizes.

Pupils at TyneMet College continued the establishment’s winning streak at this year’s NECTA (North East Culinary Trade Association) Awards – picking up gold, silver and bronze prizes.

The students have been working extremely hard for the event which is an excellent opportunity to present their skills in front of potential employers

Lynne Mitchinson, catering tutor

In the catering rounds, students cooked up a storm and impressed the judges with a range of dishes.

TyneMet apprentice Rianne Mather, employed by local Riverside Live Café, won a gold for the complex dessert ‘mille feuille’ while two silver and six bronze awards were also awarded for baking and savoury and sweet dishes.

Lynne Mitchinson, catering tutor, said: “The students have been working extremely hard for the event which is an excellent opportunity to present their skills in front of potential employers and add to their portfolio for the future.”

Joanne Hewison, head of service and business enterprises at TyneMet College, said: “The NECTA awards provide a fantastic platform for students looking to enter a career in the hospitality industry and gain experience by demonstrating the skills that employers demand.

“This is a fantastic result for TyneMet.

“The event prepares students for the workforce by working towards industry standards and highlights the wide range of talent and skills we are cultivating for future workforces.”