TyneMet catering students relished the opportunity to stir up and deliver a taste sensation when guest chef, Alan Colley from Major Stocks and Sauces visited the College. Students participated in a series of workshops focused on developing professional taste buds in which they created a range of dishes developed with Major Stocks and Sauces products.

Students enjoyed learning about specific flavours within sauces - to develop their understanding of ingredients and how they can be used elevate dishes to a professional standard. The visit also provided students with an excellent opportunity to develop functional skills in the kitchen such as cooking weights and timings.

Lynn Mitchinson, Catering tutor said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop essential culinary skills and put them to the test. We are delighted to have Alan here with us today –the students have been thinking about how they can introduce stocks and sauces to compliment the flavours of ingredients. We’re also very excited that Alan will be visiting us again to demonstrate specialist breads and pastries.”

Temperatures started to rise in the College’s kitchens as students participated in a tasting session of eight different Major Stocks and Sauces. They then went on to create two soups - Moroccan chickpea and French onion. The sound of sizzling continued as the students began round two – a sizzling stir fry dish. Alan Colley, Business Development Manager for Major said: “Learning flavours is the fundamentals of cooking, what works and what doesn’t. Today I’m looking for creative flair using our products and ingenuity when it comes to flavours – I’ve already been very impressed, the standard is very good”.

Major Stocks and Sauces will be holding their annual Major Chefs series including a street food challenge using Major products to create a range of dishes – competing against talented chefs in training from across the UK.

Amy Pattison, Level 2 Catering student at TyneMet said: “It’s been a really interesting day and I feel I’ve learned a lot of new skills and been introduced to some new recipes too - I will definitely  be applying for the Street Food Challenge Competition, it’s an excellent opportunity to demonstrate skills and gain more experience too!”

If you’re interested a career in catering and professional cookery, develop and perfect your culinary skills with a course from TyneMet visit tynemet.ac.uk/catering or to speak to our Gateway team call 0191 229 5000 or email enquires@tynemet.ac.uk

Major Products Company a family owned, International food manufacturer of soup bases, stocks, marinades, bouillion cubes, fruit bases, gravies and sauces originated in 1951. For more information visit: www.majorproducts.com