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Connar’s career is cooking on gas

Connar Green, professional cookery student at Tameside College

Connar Green, a professional cookery student at Tameside College is to join the catering team at Malmaison Hotel Manchester after completing his course.

Connar, a former Copley Academy pupil, has been offered an immediate start as a commis chef at the four star hotel in Manchester town centre.

After leaving school, Connar overcame a number of barriers, including speech difficulties, to work his way up from an entry level course to level two in professional cookery. He was offered the position after Andrew Green, executive chef at the Lowry Hotel saw his work and recommended him to the hotel.

Commis or deputy chefs are the first step on the ladder in the hospitality and catering industry. They usually work under a chef de partie or section chef and prepare food for cooking, measure ingredients, maintain hygiene in the kitchen and manage food storage.

Connar, said:

“I am very pleased to have been offered this job straight after finishing my course at the college. I don’t know exactly what the role will involve yet but I am very excited to find out and I aspire to one day be the head chef of a restaurant. I can’t wait.”

Sylvia Knowles, additional learning support officer at Tameside College who assists Connar with his work, said:

“Connar is a fantastic student. He will get on very well in a restaurant environment because he is funny, hardworking and most importantly takes in exactly what you’re saying to him and learns from it. I’m very proud of him and hope that working in the industry will give him even more confidence to chase his career goals.”

To find out more about hospitality and catering courses at Tameside College, call 0161 908 6600.

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