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Mitch to launch chefs' seafood academy at college

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 04, 2012

Mitch Tonks will run masterclasses for existing college students as well as chefs already working in the sector locally Picture: Steven Haywood

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Award-winning restaurateur Mitch Tonks is joining forces with South Devon College to launch a new seafood academy.

Mr Tonks, who lives in Brixham, is one of the leading seafood chefs in the UK, and runs the Seahorse restaurant in Dartmouth and the RockFish fish and chip shop. His many awards include best fishmonger, best fish restaurant and Tatler's restaurateur of the year.

As part of the academy, which is being launched next month, one of the training kitchens at the college will be designated The Mitch Tonks Seafood Academy.

Mr Tonks and the team at the Seahorse will run master classes for existing college students as well as chefs already working in the sector locally.

He will also work with the college's chef lecturing team to provide a special focus on world-class fish dishes.

Mr Tonks said: "South Devon College is all about developing the potential of young people, working with them to open the 'Mitch Tonks Seafood Academy' is going to be a serious part of that.

"Working with the tutors at the college is a treat. The college has state-of-the-art facilities and a team who are dedicated and committed to getting the best out of everyone around them – it's an honour and a pleasure to be involved. I really want to help inspire young people to see this route as a great one for their future."

College Principal Stephen Criddle added: "We share a passion for excellence with Mitch and are delighted to announce this new and dynamic partnership.

"Mitch is brimming with ideas about how to inspire the next generation and we really welcome his support. There are many exciting jobs available in hospitality and tourism, both locally and further afield. We believe Mitch will encourage more young people to consider a career as a professional chef."

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