Young cooks serve up a treat for the tastebuds

Felicity Frank cooking on gas.
Felicity Frank cooking on gas.

MOVE over Masterchef, young people from north Northumberland have been giving the pros a run for their money.

From Brioche to melt-in-the-mouth chocolate pudding and homemade croissants, Berwick Youth Project sent taste-buds into a frenzy when they stayed at Wooler Youth Hostel recently.

Alice Gilroy, Jack Robertson and Judith Hogg do the prep.

Alice Gilroy, Jack Robertson and Judith Hogg do the prep.

The residential course was the second of two aimed at getting young people together to develop new skills and confidence – this time with a Come Dine With Me theme.

It was organised by Glendale Gateway Trust, which owns and manages the hostel, in partnership with Sure Start and Berwick Youth Project, which took responsibility for managing the group and staffing the weekend.

Gemma Douglas, of the Glendale Gateway Trust, said: “The aim of the weekend was to encourage skills which young people need for the working world; enterprise, motivation, team work, financial management and the ability to compete.

“This activity followed on from a team-building weekend which they attended in October where they met and got to know each other through outdoor activity.”

Using the catering facilities within the hostel, the three groups, who designed, budgeted and sourced the raw material for their menus and table decorations in advance, competed against each other to impress their peers with their culinary skills and expertise, with entertainment provided between courses.

Fourteen young people from Berwick accepted the Come Dine With Me challenge with great enthusiasm and competed for a generous first prize of a meal for four people at the Milan Restaurant in Wooler.

Merrick Thomson, youth leader at Berwick Youth Project, said: “Our young people definitely can cook.

“The standard of the food was high, their ability to cope under pressure was brilliant, and the overall enthusiasm to get into the spirit of the weekend ensured that we all had a fantastic time.

“The youth hostel proved to be an ideal venue for groups to use as a base for residential activities.

“I am a very proud youth worker and thrilled that I get to work with such a great group of young people.”