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Professional cookery students from Cheshire College – South & West have been supporting celebrity chefs as they cooked up a number of delights at the Royal Cheshire County Show in June.

The six learners, all studying Professional Cookery Level 1 and Level 2 at the college’s Ellesmere Port campus, helped celebrity chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli and Sean Wilson prepare for their live cooking demonstrations at the show.

17-year-old Ben Pocock, from Chester, said: “It’s been an amazing experience. We’ve helped prepare food before each demonstration as well as had the chance to work on stage with Jean-Christophe.

“I’ve learnt so many new techniques and tricks it has been incredible to work on a live show.”

The students were given the opportunity thanks to the college’s partnership with local chef Brian Mellor, who is also an ambassador for the college.

Brian, who runs Harthill Cookery School, commented: “My role as ambassador for the college is to support and provide opportunities that expose learners to real working experiences.

“Working on such a high-profile event with a multi-Michelin Star award winning chef is an incredible opportunity.”

Attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year, the Royal Cheshire County Show is one of the most highly-anticipated agricultural shows in the country.

Richard Harrison, lecturer in hospitality at Cheshire College – South & West, said: “All the learners have shown a huge amount of passion and commitment over the two days and they should be extremely proud of what they have achieved.”

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