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Starr Trust’s first charity cook off at Northbrook College

PUBLISHED: 15:03 17 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:03 17 June 2015

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Last week the first Masterchef-style event ‘Cooking for Starrs’ took place at the Arundel Restaurant in Worthing.

The red and blue teamsThe red and blue teams

With the help of head chef Russell Williams from Bailiffscourt Hotel, the two student chefs Mark Nicholls and Marc Smith wowed everyone with some inventive and creative cooking. All the food was beautifully presented and guests found it hard to believe they were eating in a college restaurant.

The front of house led by Emily Savage and Hayley Greco, worked really hard all night to make sure that everybody had an unforgettable experience and even created a Wine Flight to accompany the food. With support from Barbara, Natalie and Peter, the dedicated tutors at Northbrook College, the evening was truly fabulous.

The Starr Trust is lucky to have support from local businesses and this was one of those nights with Southern Water as the main sponsor. Their table included Councillor Michael Donin, Mayor of Worthing, who was kind enough to present the trophy to well deserved winner Mark Nicholls, who led the Blue team to victory. Mark is just finishing his level 3 Hospitality and Catering and this autumn is off to the University of West London to study Professional Cookery.

Mark says: “It’s the first time I’ve entered a competition and the first time I’ve created food to such a high standard for so many people. The most challenging thing was that I underestimated how long everything would take and how important the planning of a menu is. I’m delighted that I won; it was a really great way to finish my 2 years at Northbrook College”.

Mark won an overnight stay at the prestigious Bailiffscourt Hotel, and dinner for two in the restaurant and the runner up, Marc Smith, won a dinner for two.

The Starr Trust Press Manager, Nicole Carman, told us why this kind of fundraising event is so important: “The night raised in excess of £1500 which will go towards supporting young people in the BN postcode and help give young chefs the experience they need. The UK desperately needs more chefs with a current deficit of 70,000! The eating out market is growing at nearly 3% with further growth expected to continue so we really need to take action to attract young chefs, and help them develop their skills. The importance of colleges that train young chefs and front of house, such as Northbrook in Worthing and City College in Brighton can’t be underestimated.”

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