Doncaster College student Ben Cooke has been offered a work placement at two prestigious restaurants.

The offers came after he attended the Cookery Theatre at the Festive Food and Gift Fair at Doncaster Racecourse in November.

Seventeen-year-old Ben has been given the opportunity to work with chefs at the Ruddington Park and Swinton Park restaurants, as well as the chance to train with the owner of the Indian restaurant Prashad, which won Gordon Ramsey’s best Indian restaurant in 2010.

Ben, along with several other College students, got up on stage and helped top chefs prepare different dishes in front of an on looking audience.

Once the dishes were complete, they were taken around the crowd by the students for them to try what the students had prepared.

Ben is currently studying a VRQ Level 2 in Food and Beverage Service at Doncaster College’s Waterfront Campus.

He said “The Ritz was definitely a good experience for kitchen production because it helps with the pressure of getting things out on time.

“Being there and seeing what they do, it gives you a whole new perspective on how they do it in a bigger industry.”

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