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BUDDING young chefs have been awarded for their culinary skills at a drop-in centre in Uttoxeter.

Teenagers who attend the Uttoxeter Youth Drop In Centre were treated to a presentation of cookery awards evening as a reward for all their hard work before they leave the centre for pastures new such as sixth form and college.

As well as certificates, youths also received individual prizes such as a chefs hat for the best chicken curry and a wooden spoon which reflected their talents in the kitchen.

The lessons were based on the Bero cookbook with some added inspirations to teach the members some important life skills.

The teenagers also brought along their friends to watch them receive their certificates.

Mary Dodgson, who runs the drop in centre, said: “The presentation went really well.

“I took a lot of ideas from chief Jamie Oliver which allowed me to teach the kids knife and storage skills but then threw in a couple of my own ideas.

“We also got new equipment which allowed us to do new things as well as working out how much things cost and comparing it.

“They all seem to be very confident using the equipment now.

“I am very pleased because you can see the progress they have made in the kitchen while developing their skills and trying foods from other countries.”

Mrs Dodgson added she would like to thank former Uttoxeter mayor Hugh Montgomery for all of his support for the drop-in centre.

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