Young cookery apprentices will serve up a Michelin-star menu with help from a top chef this weekend.
Steve Smith from the award-winning Burlington Restaurant at Bolton Abbey will work alongside eight local apprentices to host Platinum Dining Evenings in Leeds.
The events at the Food Academy at Flannels will put the apprentices through their paces with five, seven and nine-course menus.
Steve has been head chef of the Burlington Restaurant since 2008 and in that time has earned four AA Rosettes in addition to its Michelin star.
He said: “We are hoping to provide an interesting experience for both students and the customers and one that they both enjoy.”
The Food Academy on the third floor of fashion retailer Flannels on Vicar Lane employs successful students from hospitality and cooking courses at Leeds City College.
Sous chef Kevin Hughes, 24, is doing an NVQ level three qualification in professional cookery. He said: “To see Steve in our kitchen will be really valuable and we’ll learn loads from him. The way that he plates up food is awe-inspiring.
“It will definitely be one of my biggest challenges.”
Apprentice Brad Dunhill, 17, of Morley, said: “It is a bit nerve racking but to learn from him and hear how he has become so successful will be great.”
Peter Higginson, enterprise manager at Leeds City College, said: “The idea is to get students working in a restaurant environment of such a calibre and to bring a high quality restaurant to Leeds city centre.”
The events run until Saturday, September 29.
For more, visit: www.foodacademyleeds.co.uk or call (0113) 2434898