Young people across Brighton with an interest in cooking attended a week-long course inspired by 2018 MasterChef winner Kenny Tutt.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s worked in collaboration with the Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen to identify unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds who were passionate about food and interested in the food industry to take part. Kenny Tutt recently hosted two Masterclasses at the Kitchen which funded the course.

During the week, the class had the opportunity to hear from various speakers and learn more practical skills including Kenny Tutt, MasterChef Champion 2018 and founder of new restaurant Pitch; Xavier Buendia of award-winning XDB food photography; Chef Kanthi Thamma founder of the Curry Leaf Café, Easy Tiger pub kitchen and the Spice Circuit food tours;  Charlotte Fuller who is a pastry chef at The Community Kitchen and Justin Gourlay, baker and director of Brighton’s immensely popular Real Patisserie business.

Kat Last, Barnardo’s Brighton and Hove ETS Project Worker said:

“This was a wonderful opportunity for some of the city’s ‘NEETS’ – 16 to 24-year-olds not in employment, education or training, to have a real understanding of the food and catering industry and learn from the experts. We will be working with these young people to support them in their careers going forward and I hope that this literally does provide them with some food for thought!”

Kenny Tutt, 2018 MasterChef winner said:

“I am passionate about striving for perfection, taking classic dishes and elevating with local young people was the icing on the cake – I loved sharing how food and cooking bring people together, and the many possibilities for careers in the industry.”

Jess Crocker, senior manager at Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, which runs Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen, said:

“We were thrilled to host this course. We know from our long experience working with people from many backgrounds how food can provide the focus that brings about positive change in people’s lives. We wish all the participants the very best of luck for the next stage in their food journey – and you never know, we may well be welcoming them back as trainers rather than trainees!”

Kenny works as a local Santander branch manager in Brighton and Santander collaborated with the Community Kitchen and Barnardo’s to ensure all proceeds from the original Masterclasses went towards supporting Barnardo’s young people.

The course will provide additional funding for Barnardo’s Make Trax which is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the National Lottery Community Fund. The programme enables young people to work with a dedicated progression coach towards getting them back into employment, education or training.

The Community Kitchen is a new social-enterprise cookery school in the heart of Brighton.