Yesterday wasn't an average day for trainee chefs at Newcastle College. They were given the unique opportunity to cook with Michelin starred chef, Mark Sargeant.
Mark visited the College to cook for guests In its commercial restaurant, the Chefs' Academy. Working alongside Professional Cookery students, he treated diners to a menu which included jellied ham hock with piccalilli, fillet of cod, spinach and a mussel and celeriac broth and ending with a custard tart with blackcurrant sorbet.
The former National Chef of the Year worked alongside Gordon Ramsay for 16 years and was Head Chef at his restaurant in the world famous Claridge's hotel. Mark has forged a successful career working in some of the country's top restaurants and now runs his own ventures, which include Rocksalt in Folkestone. He is also known for his television appearances on Hell's Kitchen, Saturday Kitchen and The F Word.
Andy Brown, Course Leader at Newcastle College's Lifestyle Academy, said: "Our evening with Mark Sargeant was a phenomenal success and a one off opportunity for our students to work alongside one of the country's best chefs. The event sold out pretty much straight away and is the latest in the series of 'Evening with' events that we have ran at the Chefs' Academy over the last three years. It's important for the students to understand how a professional kitchen operates and to have the opportunity to work with industry and get the knowledge that just cannot be taught in the classroom. Mark started his training in a college and has been very supportive of the work that we do. The students have gained so much from working with him and sharing his expertise. We can't thank him enough for giving them this amazing experience."