Open day for new training facility for budding chefs

Denise Dunn (head of faculty at Northumberland College), Jordan Watt (trainee chef), Martin Charlton (chef), James Beswick (student,) Elaine O'Connor (senior manager, Employabilty and Skills Service, Northumberland County Council).
Denise Dunn (head of faculty at Northumberland College), Jordan Watt (trainee chef), Martin Charlton (chef), James Beswick (student,) Elaine O'Connor (senior manager, Employabilty and Skills Service, Northumberland County Council).

A new culinary institute, part of Amble’s major project and rebranding as the seafood town, held an open evening last week.

Pride Culinary Institute of Northumbria, based on Queen Street, opened its doors last week and saw a good turnout of visitors, including young people.

Those who attended were able to have a guided tour of the new industrial-standard kitchen, chat to chef Martin Charlton about the training and taste some artisan bread made on the premises.

As previously reported by the Gazette, the centre is offering fully-funded City & Guilds NVQ Level 1 qualifications in food preparation and cooking.

The training facility is an element of the town’s Harbour Village project and is another example of partnership working between Northumberland County Council, Amble Development Trust, Amble Town Council, Northumberland College and Martin Charlton, co-owner of The Old Boat House.

The four-day-a-week NVQ courses started in October and last for 15 weeks.

They 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.”

The courses are all part of the £2.5million Harbour Village 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 destination excelling in seafood, attracting new visitors, creating jobs and sustaining the economy.

Pride Culinary Institute of Northumbria is at 80 Queen Street. Contact 01665 711 862 or info@prideculinaryinsti tute.co.uk