Assistant Principal for Quality Graeme Blench, College Principal Suzanne Duncan, Academy at Shotton Hall Mark Swan, College Vice Principals Sally Hudson and Eugene McCrossan

College Heads Set To Do Battle In the Kitchen

Wed, 2002-05-08 01:00

Members of a north east further education college’s management team and governors are getting set to go head-to-head in the kitchen.

The Hell’s Kitchen style event is set to take place on the 13th June at East Durham College’s Scene1 Restaurant to help raise money for a local charity.

The event will see senior figures from the Peterlee-based college including Principal Suzanne Duncan and Vice Principals Eugene McCrossan and Sally Hudson spend a whole day in the kitchen learning and perfecting the menus set for them by Head Chef, and fiery Scot, Joe Keenan.

Along with catering students from the College the senior team will have to prepare a number of dishes to serve up to paying customers on the night under the watchful eye of Joe, the College’s very own Gordon Ramsey.

Diners will also be able to see the pressures of the kitchen as the service will be streamed on to screens in the restaurant via a live feed.

And all the money raised by the event, from the sales of the food, is set to go to a very worthy cause, Mark Swan; who is raising money so he can travel to America to compete in the World Dwarf Games in August being held in Michigan.

Sharon Littler, Programme Leader for Catering & Hospitality, said: “We are hoping to raise as much money as possible for Mark’s great cause and give him the chance to represent Great Britain in the World Games.

“Mark will also be working in the kitchen on the day, alongside his brother Luke who currently studying on a catering course at the College.

“We are privileged to be part of this great charity and support our local talent.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their skills whilst working with the Senior Management Team and showing them what it takes to be a skilled and talented chef.

“It’s going to be a very long and hard day but so much fun too and that’s what it’s all about. Watch out Gordon we’re coming for ya.” 

College Principal Suzanne Duncan added: “The senior management team are looking forward to the challenge of surviving in the kitchen.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to see first-hand how hard our students work and how expert they become in the kitchen while at the same time raising money for a really great cause.”

Tables are going fast for the event but if anyone would like to book a table for the evening please contact the Scene1 Restaurant on 0191 518 8302.