Junior Chefs get creative in the kitchen

Junior Chefs get creative in the kitchen

Young people with a passion for food got creative in the kitchen when they took part in an eight-week Junior Chefs course at New City College Redbridge.

The popular learn to cook course is run each year at the Redbridge campus in Chadwell Heath and is always enjoyed by the enthusiastic and talented youngsters.

Earlier this year, every Saturday for eight weeks, the young aspiring chefs met at the award-winning Rouge Restaurant for the engaging and entertaining experience and created some amazing dishes.

With inspirational tutoring on meal preparation and cooking techniques from New City College teachers and restaurant professionals, the youngsters dug deep to find their inner chef and produce food and flavours to be proud of.

Maurice Haskew, Senior Curriculum Manager for Catering & Hospitality at Redbridge campus, said: “Coming to Junior Chefs on a Saturday morning helps to improve the mental health of our young people by introducing them to creative processes, problem-solving skills and health and safety guidelines.

“There are many other benefits – the course develops a pathway to further education, reduces the use of mobile phones and screen time, and also builds confidence. The class content is aimed to inspire cooks of all abilities with a combination of simple and more advanced dishes.

“Many participants go on to enrol on a Catering and Hospitality course with us and 100% of them tell us they have enjoyed learning from our top chefs.”


Are you a teenager with a passion for cooking? Or do you know someone who loves experimenting in the kitchen?

Look out for our next Junior Chefs course which starts in January 2024, or join our Mystery Box Cooking Challenge for 13 to 16-year-olds, coming soon!