Lews Castle College UHI to launch online cooking sessions in December

Lews Castle College UHI to launch online cooking sessions in December and welcome tender application for new training restaurant feasibility project.

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Brioche and blue cheese crusted cod served with local mussels and prawns in a seafood cream

Following the success of a live cooking event as part of last week’s Online Open Week Lews Castle College UHI is launching a series of live lunchtime cooking sessions with Development Chef James Mackenzie.

Over 1500 people have viewed the live cooking session with James which went out live on the Lews Castle College UHI Facebook page. The response to this and the new NPA in Professional Cooking has been extremely positive and to build on this response this James will host further session where the public can select what he cooks.

James Mackenzie said, “We were blown away by the interest in the cooking session and our new plans to develop more cookery and hospitality courses at the College. We want the local community to be part of what we are doing so we are opening the online sessions for them to take part in. We are asking for people to submit their recipe requests and what they want to see me cook. We will then supply an ingredient list a few days in advance and people can cook along with me.”

James’ role as Development Chef is part of Lews Castle College UHI’s approach to support and develop new opportunities for the local community hit by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. The College is developing a range of new training experiences in the Professional Cookery and Hospitality sectors to meet the needs of the local industry and so increase the resilience of the local economy.

An invitation to tender for a feasibility study into the creation of a new Training Restaurant and linked café facility on the campus to maximise student learning and expand student experience opportunities is currently open from Lews Castle College UHI. Companies interested in the tender can find out more at https://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/staff/vacancies  or email Development Officer Murdo Smith at Murdo.smith@uhi.ac.uk  

The Live Cooking session with James will take place live on the Lews Castle College Facebook page on:

10 December at 1pm

17December at 1pm

Look out for social media posts across the College social media channels where you can comment with your recipe requests and find out more.