Nurturing young talent

CHEF Derek Marshall of Glasgow restaurant Gamba has urged fellow chefs and restaurateurs across the city to join him in support of The Prince’s Trust Get into Cooking programme, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.

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Mushtaq works with Marshall at Gamba.

The vocational course, which in Glasgow is run in partnership with City of Glasgow College, teaches young people catering skills while building their experience in the kitchen. The course aims to give
16 to 25 year olds experience in a kitchen environment as well as providing training and certification in REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene.

Last year’s initiative saw 12 young people complete a five-week programme running from September to October; candidates included Noreen Mushtaq, who was offered a part-time position in Marshall’s kitchen at Gamba following a trial shift.

Marshall said the programme graduate is a “joy to have in the kitchen”.

“The course has really helped her understand food and environmental hygiene, which is integral to working in any kitchen, and the hands-on experience the course offered her gave her the opportunity to build practical skills in a real kitchen,” said Marshall.

The next Get into Cooking course begins on April 13 with courses running throughout 2015.