Two renowned North-East chefs are offering free bespoke training, as part of major transformation plans in Amble.
Richard Sim and Martin Charlton, of the town’s Old Boathouse restaurant, are combining their skills to help deliver hospitality-based NVQs.
The courses will run as part of a £2.5million project, drawn up by Northumberland County Council in partnership with town organisations, to establish Amble as the seafood town. Funding from a number of sources, including the Coastal Communities Fund, has been received for the initiative, which aims to transform the town into a visitor destination excelling in seafood, attracting new visitors, creating jobs and sustaining the economy.
The NVQs will be delivered in Amble’s Pride of Northumbria, on Queen Street, which is having a new, industrial-standard kitchen installed.
The four-day-a-week NVQ courses will start from the beginning of October and each one will last for 16 weeks. They will include a hands-on approach to seafood and shellfish, plus preparing and cooking locally-grown products. Martin said: “We want to create some form of training legacy. We want to inspire people with great local produce.”