I have joined forces with South Devon College to launch a new Seafood Academy at the College, which we opened officially in October 2012. The college is passionate about raising the standards of fish cookery amongst both the next generation of fish chefs, and existing staff working in the food and drink sector in South Devon and I really want to make this academy the beacon for students interested in pursuing a career in seafood and cooking.
“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. “College Principal, Stephen Criddle said.
As part of the Academy, one of the training kitchens at the College is designated ‘The Mitch Tonks Seafood Academy’, where I will be running master-classes for existing college students as well as for chefs already working in the sector locally. I'll be working 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 and host a speciality fish supper at the College’s fine dining restaurant, Horizons, a supper that will be prepared and cooked by myself and college students.
This is a hugely exciting project and one that I hope will really raise the profile of the talent that is in South Devon as well as the amazing availability of the best seafood in the world.
Anyone interested can find out more at the South Devon College website here.