A BUDDING chef’s career has been given a big boost after being given a chance to train as part of a catering team.
Student Jonathon Fountain has been taken on as an apprentice at The Wynyard Rooms, at Wynyard Park.
The business formed a partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education, where Jonathon is studying for his NVQ level 3 in food preparation, to offer students training opportunities.
The 18-year-old is working as part of the catering team under the guidance of catering manager Craig Longstaff.
Mr Longstaff said: “We have an ongoing commitment to help talented young people achieve their full potential and what we pride ourselves on most is that we don’t employ them to do just basic tasks.
“Anyone we take on is an important and valued member of the team and the work we give them reflects that.
“Jonathon is acting as an assistant chef and his duties include making items such as pastries from scratch and learning the ins and outs of making the perfect quiche.
“He is also learning about the importance of time management so different foodstuffs come out ready at the same time.
“I have been really impressed with Jonathon’s enthusiasm and willingness to learn. If he continues to work hard he has a bright future ahead of him.”
Jonathon, who lives in the West Park area of Hartlepool, said he is enjoying his time at The Wynyard Rooms.
He added: “It is much different to some of the other places I have worked. Here I’m given a lot more freedom to explore the different aspects of catering.”
Steve Wallis, assistant principal at the college, said: “It really is a credit to our engagement with local businesses that Jonathon is working with such a prestigious company.
“The events that the college have supported The Wynyard Rooms with, such as Hartlepool United FC player Ritchie Humphreys’ testimonial dinner, have been very well received.”