The new Gordon Ramsay or Nadiya Hussain could come from Bradford thanks to a project aimed at giving the city’s teenagers a taste for cooking.
Nineteen secondary school pupils from three schools from across the district have completed a two-week cooking course run by Bradford College.
Having started the course as complete novices, the youngsters were taught to make a range of delicious dishes by the College’s expert catering tutors before serving a sumptuous spread to family and friends at an end-of-course celebration lunch.
As well as learning how to cook basic dishes from scratch, including bread, lasagne and chicken goujons, the students were taught the importance of a healthy diet, how to budget when planning meals and about the large range of career opportunities available in the hospitality and catering industry.
The budding chefs were drawn from Appleton Academy, Bradford Academy and Dixons Cottingley Academy and each received a full set of chefs’ whites to keep at the end of the course along with a Level 1 qualification in home cooking skills.
And the proof was in the pudding – and the main course – as their proud parents, family and friends discovered at the graduation lunch.
Norman Brame, said his granddaughter Cheyney had learned a lot from the course.
“She has come home every night and told us what she has learned and made us a few meals, I have been very impressed.”
Cheyney, said: “I thought the course would be a good chance to pick up some new skills for the future and I have enjoyed it.”
Norman Brame and his granddaughter Cheyney
Jatinder Singh is now hoping to pick up some tips from his son Tobias.
“All the food he has cooked has tasted great and he can definitely teach me a thing or two,” said Jatinder.
Tobias Singh with his parents
Natalie Wilde was thrilled to see daughter Katelan Bentley complete the course.
“She couldn’t boil an egg before but has been producing some great meals,” said Natalie.
“I am really proud of her. She has given in 100 per cent and really enjoyed learning how to cook.”
Proud parents Ruth and Jonathan Adams were excited to sample the end results of son Sam’s two weeks of training.
Mum Ruth said: “The course has been really good for him. It has given him the confidence to be in the kitchen and made him more willing to try different foods.”
Ruth and Jonathan Adams with son Sam
Jenifer Kovacova says he new-found cooking skills will mean she can help her dad, Viktor, at home.
“My dad takes care of me by himself so I am happy that I will now be able to help him with meals,” she said.
“He is very proud of me and I am proud of myself. The course was hard but fun.”
Jenifer Kovacova is planning to cook more at home for dad Viktor
Held in the college’s state-of-the-art training kitchens the course was made possible with the support of the Savoy Educational Trust and a generous donation of fresh ingredients from Morrisons supermarkets.
Bradford College is renowned for its catering and hospitality courses. It has won a ‘gold’ accreditation from the leading industry skills body, the Hospitality Guild, is a Centre of Excellence for Pastry and Confectionary and its student-run restaurant, The Grove, which is open to the public, has been awarded an AA College Rosette Award.