Students hoping for the sweet taste of success

Chef Mike Aldridge gives TyneMet students a lesson in sugar sculpting.
Chef Mike Aldridge gives TyneMet students a lesson in sugar sculpting.
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Catering students enjoyed a sweet display on ornate edible delicacies.

Top chef Mike Aldridge visited TyneMet College in Wallsend to give a tutorial on the art of sugar sculpting.

I’ve watched the industry transform – the catering industry is currently booming, there is a wide range of fabulous opportunities for aspiring chefs to showcase their skills

Dave Dawson, NECTA vice-chairman

He was one of a number of renowned chefs from NECTA to visit the college to pass on cooking skills to the catering students.

NECTA’s vice-chairman Dave Dawson said: “As a past student almost 30 years ago, I learnt my bread and butter here at TyneMet.

“I’ve watched the industry transform – the catering industry is currently booming, there is a wide range of fabulous opportunities for aspiring chefs to showcase their skills.”

Mike said: “Today is all about coaching students with the skills that judges will be looking for at this year’s NECTA competition – the fundamental basics of cooking should never be overlooked.”

The NECTA competition aims to promote culinary service and excellence and is the most prestigious competition in the north east.

Catering students from across the region will compete on May 6 in front of the catering industry’s finest chefs.

Lynn Mitchinson, catering tutor at TyneMet College, said: “We’re very honoured to have some of the north east’s most talented chefs here at TyneMet.

“Mike’s workshops have been an ideal opportunity to learn cooking tips at an advanced level and the competition is an excellent starting point for our catering students to showcase skills at a professional level.”