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Chefs train for TV stardom

Several young chefs have made their first steps to becoming the TV chefs of the future following a two-day young chef ambassador course held in Manchester earlier this week.

The course, held at The Place Apartment Hotel, was funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and organised by Visit Manchester, the Tourist Board for Greater Manchester. The chefs were taught a range of skills including public speaking, self motivation, confidence and camera presence.

The group were taken through a range of scenarios with an emphasis on having fun whilst retaining professionalism. They learnt to identify their target audience and overcome nerves by using plenty of information and humour.

Paul Simpson, managing director of Visit Manchester said: A great dining experience is top of the list for visitors to any city. By providing this kind of training we give young workers a sense of pride in what they do. And who knows, they could become the Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson of the future.

Noel Goulding, managing director of Moveo training said: Ultimately, this scheme is building confidence and inspiring young people to be ambassadors, not only for hospitality but also for the city of Manchester.

James Berresford, director of tourism at the NWDA, added: As well as excellent culinary skills, chefs today need a whole host of talents to excel in the hospitality industry. It is vital that our chefs are as well versed in interpersonal skills as they are in regional food. Ultimately schemes such as this encourage greater professionalism in the industry, benefiting workers, employers and customers.

Cookery demonstrations provided by North West Fine Foods emphasised to the youngsters, the importance of regional foods and writing exciting recipes.

For some sessions, the group gave individual filmed cookery presentations. The final edit will be presented on DVD and sent to every secondary school in Greater Manchester including the regions Connexions offices. It is hoped it will encourage young people to seek employment in the hospitality industry.

Anthony Hackett, chef de partie at Sams Chophouse said; It was nerve-racking, like the first day at work and its funny to see on camera if we work like lunatics! Of course we dont, but its been an experience and its great to be representing Manchester.

Other chefs on the course were Paul Hunter (Obsidian), Mark Grice (the French at the Midland Hotel), Leah Jensen (City Inn), Matt Ward (Mr Toms Chop House), Darren Tate (Gastro�s), Michael Tate (Harvey Nichols) and Roy Shaw (Bury College).

Visit Manchester is the Tourist Board for Greater Manchester. It is a division of Marketing Manchester, the agency that promotes Manchester nationally and internationally.


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