A food writer and chef has helped to set up a seafood academy at a college on the south coast.

The Mitch Tonks Seafood Academy has been opened to inspire young chefs and is set to put South Devon College on the map for seafood excellence.

“I’ve long been a believer that the south west has the best seafood in the world and this academy will really develop the potential of young chefs to help them to become some of the best seafood chefs in the country,” said Tonks, who owns three restaurants, one this year’s Best Seafood Restaurant.

“One of my own goals for my businesses is to promote the whole area as Britain’s seafood coast — an area where people from all over world will travel to enjoy it’s famed seafood.

“One of the challenges with this, and one we all face within the restaurant industry, is a skill shortage of properly trained staff, especially of chefs that have a good understanding of seafood.”

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