Bolton Lads and Girls Club kids learn to become young chefs

Bolton Lads and Girls Club kids learn to become young chefs

Ellen Tuppen, aged 13, pops her bread in the oven

Mike Harrison with Guy Higham, aged 15, Charmaine George, aged 16, and Celine Brophy, aged 15

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , entertainment reporter

TEENAGERS will cook up a feast for diners at a picturesque farm venue.

Budding chefs from Bolton Lads and Girls Club are being taught how to prepare tasty meals by chef Mike Harrison at Wellbeing Farm, in Plantation Road, Edgworth.

They will learn a different skill each week, leading up to a dinner at the farm for 42 of the club’s patrons on Friday, March 7.

The club originally asked the chef to cater for the glitzy dinner — but Mr Harrison insisted that the club’s members get involved.

Mr Harrison, who is head of the Wellbeing Farm’s cookery school, said: “Each week, they are going to learn how to do each of the dishes. It’s just about giving them different experiences.”

The latest session saw them learn how to make bread to be served with the starter of seared tuna with smoked potatoes, tonka bean mayonnaise and ham crumb. Mr Harrison, who runs personal chef company, Chef To Go, is planning a main course of loin of lamb followed by a trio of desserts.

He added: “We will decide who is best with each course and will have two on each course and the other four will be helping to serve.”

Philip Burke, the club’s enterprise delivery manager said: “Bolton Lads and Girls Club are really pleased to work with Wellbeing Farm, they are an innovative, dynamic business with the community interest at heart.

“Mike has gone the extra mile to ensure our young people gain key working skills for the future whilst thoroughly enjoying it.

“After weekly sessions building up their knowledge and confidence in the kitchen they now face the daunting task of serving a three course meal to 40 of our Club patrons, which would be a challenge for anyone.”

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