Inspiration from first food event

Guest presenter David Kennedy, executive chef at NE2 Social in Newcastle, was assisted by Northumberland College students Kirsty Milligan from Morpeth and Laura Hardie from Newbiggin

Guest presenter David Kennedy, executive chef at NE2 Social in Newcastle, was assisted by Northumberland College students Kirsty Milligan from Morpeth and Laura Hardie from Newbiggin

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THE county’s first food event aimed at inspiring and advising caterers has been deemed a success by organisers and visitors.

The day long event, at Linden Hall Hotel, attracted 200 local caterers.

Visitors were given advice on menu development, marketing, advertising and managing business finance.

There were practical food demonstrations, presentations and exhibits from a wide range of organisations involved in the catering trade.

Catering students from Northumberland College were given the opportunity to gain practical experience in the kitchen theatre with both former North East Chef of the Year David Kennedy and Jill Weatherburn, Premier Foods’ food consultant.

Student Kirsty Milligan, from Morpeth, said: “I had a fantastic time and learnt a great deal from David and Jill, but the event has also given me an insight into the issues facing caterers and small businesses today and how these can be tackled.”

The event was organised by Northumberland County Council’s public protection service.

Coun Alan Thompson, executive member for public protection, said: “The event proved to be extremely popular with our local caterers who have had lots of opportunities to learn from those experts in the industry.”