TV Chef Mitch Tonks to launch Academy at South Devon College
AWARD WINNING TV CHEF Mitch Tonks is launching a new Seafood Academy in Torbay with South Devon College.
Mitch is recognised as one of the leading seafood chefs and restaurateurs in the UK, with 3 restaurants in Bristol and Dartmouth, with his Seahorse restaurant in Dartmouth awarded Best Seafood Restaurant in the 2013 Which Good Food guide. His accolades include Best fishmonger, Best fish restaurant and Restaurateur of the year and he is set to launch the new academy at the college next month.
"South Devon College is all about developing the potential of young people; working with them to open the 'Mitch Tonks Seafood Academy' is going to be a serious part of that," said Mitch, "The college has state of the art facilities and a team who are dedicated and committed to getting the best out of everyone around them - it's an honour and a pleasure to be involved. I really want to help inspire young people to see this route as a great one for their future."
College Principal, Stephen Criddle, said, "We share a passion for excellence with Mitch and are delighted to announce this new and dynamic partnership. Mitch is brimming with ideas about how to inspire the next generation and we really welcome his support. There are many exciting jobs available in hospitality and tourism, both locally and further afield; we believe Mitch will encourage more young people to consider a career as a professional chef. "
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As part of the Academy, one of the training kitchens at the College will be designated 'The Mitch Tonks Seafood Academy', where Mitch and the team at the Seahorse will run master-classes for existing college students as well as for chefs already working in the sector locally. Mitch will work with the College's Chef Lecturer teaching team to enhance the curriculum for full time students and apprentices, providing a special focus on world class fish dishes. He will also host a speciality fish supper at the College's fine dining restaurant, Horizons, prepared and cooked by Mitch working with college students. Mitch will also be supporting students who are entering national culinary competitions.
Anyone interested can find out more at a promotional event at Brixham's Fishstock event this Saturday 8 September, when Mitch Tonks himself and South Devon College Head of Catering, Hospitality and Tourism David Galpin, will be available.